Spa attendants clean and maintain various areas within the spa. They ensure treatment rooms are properly sanitized and have enough towels, linens and other materials. Attendants also maintain spa inventory and assist the spa manager with various administrative duties. Spa attendants welcome guests to the establishment and answer customer questions regarding spa treatments. Because a majority of the attendant's duties do not require specialized skills or training, attendants earn nominal wages.
Spa attendants earn between $17,000 and $24,000 per year according to Insidejobs.com. Earnings vary according to geographic location and the type of industry where the attendant is employed. For example, resort communities that experience a seasonal increase in customers may pay attendants slightly more over a shorter period of time than local day spas or hotels. Day spa and hotel spa attendants typically have permanent positions but receive minimal hourly wages and limited benefits.
Spa attendants at day spas typically do not receive tips unless they display exemplary customer service. Spa attendants who work at hotels and resorts often receive tips of approximately 5 percent of the guest's spa bill. An attendant may receive an individual tip if she solves a customer concern or goes out of her way to meet the needs of a client. Tips received during the attendant's shift can significantly increase her hourly earnings.
Spa attendants work in many different settings. They can work part time or full time and often work weekends and holidays. Massage clinics and private health centers hire spa attendants to maintain the facility and provide customer service. Hotels and resorts also employ spa attendants to greet guests and ensure customers have a professional and relaxing spa experience. Attendants typically receive training on the job, but many can command higher earnings with additional credentials such as CPR and first aid certification.
Spa attendants can take advantage of a variety of career paths. Attendants who desire administrative responsibilities can advance to spa managers and oversee the day-to-day operations of the entire spa. An attendant who desires a more hands-on approach to working with customers can become a massage therapist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapists earned an average of $34,900 annually as of May 2010. Spa attendants with the appropriate business training and organizational skills can eventually own their own spa.