In this fast-paced world of packed schedules, speedy technology and constant movement, time is at a premium for many. Some busy individuals would gladly pay large sums of money to gain some time back, to not have to run to the grocery store or pick up dry cleaning. For the wealthy, they can afford to buy some of this time back by hiring a personal concierge. Personal concierges, in turn, earn a decent salary. However, there is a price to pay to take home a good paycheck.
Personal concierges, also called personal assistants, perform a wide range of services for their clients. Personal concierges can work as employees of a company providing concierge services or directly for a client. Personal concierges run errands or perform tasks such as grocery shopping, delivering documents or packages and making reservations. They also help their clients manage their time by writing correspondence, buying birthday or holiday gifts, helping to plan events and overseeing other service people employed by their clients. Personal concierges help their clients reduce all of the busy work in their lives so that their clients have time for things like family or career.
Personal concierges are often available 24 hours a day, every day as part of their employment agreement. To meet the demands of this type of job, it is helpful for a personal concierge to be detail oriented, patient, professional and consistent. A personal concierge should also work well under pressure and be able to diffuse stressful situations. He should enjoy working with people and be well organized.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, concierges earn $29,480 per year on average. This is a nationwide average, covering all concierge positions and not just personal concierges. The BLS indicates that concierges are found most often in New York and California, earning an average of $41,060 and $30,100, respectively. The regions with the highest concentrations of those working in this field are Hawaii and the District of Columbia, where concierges typically earn an annual salary of $35,000 and $32,490, respectively.
Personal Concierge Salary
According to AOL Jobs, high end personal concierges can earn in excess of $100,000 per year. Many times, there are also perks included such as international travel, staying in luxury hotels, eating at five-star restaurants and even monetary bonuses. In exchange for this high salary, high-end personal concierges are expected to be always available and trustworthy with private information. Jobs for high-end concierges can include clients in the movie and music industry, in addition to high-wealth individuals.
Mallory Otis began writing professionally in 2011. She is a certified public accountant (inactive) with a background in accounting for investments and not-for-profit accounting, as well as tax accounting for individuals, partnerships and C corporations. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.