Becoming a Town + Country Butler
If you have significant experience as a Butler in a private residence, we’d love to hear from you! Town + Country represents the best Chefs in the business. We will take the time to understand you and your unique strengths so we can present you in your best light to our clients.
Town + Country is the Bay Area’s most established and largest staffing agency. Most of our clients are repeat customers or referrals from their family and friends. Because of these long-standing relationships we are able to provide you with access to the best jobs in the Bay Area.
Our clients come to us seeking the best Butlers in the Bay Area – and we deliver. Most of our clients want a Butler with several years of professional, in-home experience. For most assignments, qualified candidates will have been in a similar position for at least two to three years, although we do occasionally have unique positions with varying requirements for experience or education. In any case, it’s best if your experience is recent.
We always contact every previous employer to check your references and make sure that all previous employers are able to provide an excellent reference before recommending you to our clients. Also, we conduct thorough background checks prior to our final placements to make sure that everyone feels safe as they enter into a very important relationship.
Finally, Town + Country is here to make the right match. Every family is different and each Butler brings a unique combination of strengths, skills and experiences. We’re here to make sure that every match we make is rewarding for both our clients and our Butlers.
An efficient Butler oversees the smooth management of large or complex households while also providing formal service for employers and their guests. Butlers usually have professional or formal training and they typically work in households with other staff members.
The duties of a Butler may include:
- Receiving guests
- Overseeing household management
- Creating budgets
- Managing provisions
- Hiring and overseeing other household staff
- Helping maintain household security
- Scheduling the maintenance for miscellaneous items in the estate (stables, boats, planes, etc.)
- Managing service vendors
- Performing general valet duties
- Running household and personal errands for the employer
- Making travel arrangements for the employer and other household guests
- Assisting with entertaining
- Light cooking
- Serving drinks
- Setting the table
- Maintaining the wine cellars and being knowledgeable about fine wines
- Performing light housekeeping
Compensation for a Butler is usually based on two factors: the amount of experience you bring to the position and the duties included in the job description.
On average, full-time Butlers earn from $60,000 to $80,000 annually.
Many families also choose to provide additional benefits to a full-time Butler such as:
- Paid sick days
- Paid vacation
- Paid holidays
- Medical insurance
What candidates, clients and staff are saying
“I wanted to tell you how impressed I was with your process. You and your team offered a remarkably high caliber group of candidates that were perfectly matched for our homes. And you managed it in an extremely short time period.” —Dianne, San Francisco
Which positions are similar to a Butler?
Butlers may perform similar tasks as Household and Estate Managers when it comes to running a demanding home or estate. Typically, Butlers are responsible for a variety of duties related to serving employers and guests which fall outside the scope of responsibilities for most Household or Estate Managers. Some Butlers may also be responsible for overseeing the maintenance and cleaning of a household as would an Executive Housekeeper or Housekeeper.