We have a live-in housekeeper who helps with cooking, cleaning, and childcare. She used to work for my brother-in-law and his family, and we are paying her the same wage as she received from them. I am wondering though if the wage is adequate. I kind of feel like she should get a raise. She's really great with helping out around here.

Anyway I realize that salaries for housekeepers vary greatly, but basically her salary works out to about $5 above our provincial minimum wage per hour she works, plus she gets free room and board, and has her own bachelor suite with a sitting room, bathroom and kitchen. She doesn't complain at all about the wage, but I still wonder if it is enough. She works really hard.

Anyway I'm interested in any thoughts on this, or if there is a standard for housekeepers, especially in Canada where we live.