Butler, Valet and Maître d'hôtel

Butler

Responsibilities from one household to another may be very different depending on the formality level and employer’s lifestyle.

  • generally in charge of one residence
  • supervises and often trains household staff
  • serves meals and drinks, answers the telephone and door, sets the table and serves formal meals, cares for the silver, china, and crystal, and maintains the wine collection
  • manages the household budget and organizes events
  • performs valet duties and light housekeeping
  • may also schedule maintenance and supervise staff for the employer’s yacht and aircraft
  • often a live-in position and may require to travel with the employer
  • such close personal assistance requires flexibility in terms of schedule and tasks

Salary range: $60,000 to $150,000+ US/CAN
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Maître d'hôtel

Responsibilities from one household to another may be very different depending on the formality level and employer’s lifestyle.

  • commonly called Maître D.
  • responsible for the overall dining experience for the employer and guests
  • plays a key role in specific foods service such as boning fish, mixing salads or serving flambé desserts
  • in charge of formal table setting, fine service and wine pairing
  • serves drinks, wines and spirits

Salary range: $50,000 to $75,000+ US/CAN
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Valet

Responsibilities from one household to another may be very different depending on the formality level and employer’s lifestyle.

  • male equivalent to the lady’s maid
  • provides personal assistance to the gentleman of the residence
  • often the first person that the gentleman sees in the morning and the last one that he sees before retiring at night
  • duties include storage and inventory of fine clothing, jewelry and personal accessories
  • assists in dressing, hair styling and getting ready for social events
  • performs light mending and pressing, shoe shining and light housekeeping within the gentleman’s apartments and other rooms on that floor
  • packs and unpacks for travel and serves light meals
  • such close personal assistance requires flexibility in terms of schedule and tasks
  • occasionally a live-in position

Salary range: $40,000 to $85,000+ US/CAN
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