View Full Version : Going rate for LEGAL hired help?

06-29-2008, 03:37 PM
What is the going pay in the Houston area for LEGAL hired lawn technicians?

06-30-2008, 12:57 AM
I have a part time employee $10/hr. Started him at $9 for the first few weeks. Gave him $10 when I realized I got me a good worker and wanted to keep him around.

Another LCO down here pays his worker $10/hr.

I've called another LCO that was hiring to ask them how much they start their guys at. They said $7/hr with a bump to $8/hr after performance.

What you need to figure out is if you want cheap labor with high turnover, or good labor, with a less rate of turnover. :laugh:

Rates for foremen, I've seen around $10-$17/hr.

06-30-2008, 03:29 PM
General labor for mowing and so on $8-$9hr depending on experience and landscapers with at least a couple years experience start out at $12hr seasoned landscapers with wall, patio, water feature experience and fencing start at $15hr.

06-30-2008, 11:13 PM
Last year I couldnt hire a guy for less than $17.
This year I got guys begging for work willing to accept $12, depends on how much work is going on

dura to the max
06-30-2008, 11:18 PM
$8-12, depending on experience, BS that i have to deal w/, and the normal crap that goes w/ having employees. i also pay more to the guys that drive more distance to work if theyre worth having. the guys end up netting the same, but its worth all of their time to come in. if they're worth having i pay them to reflect that. i think this is the going rate for our area.

Marvelous Gardens
06-30-2008, 11:23 PM
I pay my guys all $8 and if anyone of them would step up to the plate and run the show without me there, their pay would go up to $12

07-01-2008, 01:02 AM
For residential work I pay workers $6 a lawn.

07-01-2008, 10:31 PM
For residential work I pay workers $6 a lawn.

You must have a high rate of unemployment in your area:confused:

07-01-2008, 11:02 PM
he pays on a per lawn basis, not hour. 6 per lawn aint bad. little expensive if you're running 2 or more people. well depending on how big the lawn is of course

07-01-2008, 11:18 PM
ths is called peice work, its how automechanics are paid.

$6 per lawn....you can do them by yourself, lets say you cut 20 in the same day... thats $120 per day 5 days a week is $600.
IF its a a 40 hour week, that guy just pulled 15 an hour

07-02-2008, 05:53 PM
Yea I think It's pretty good pay...

20-25 lawns a day...

$120-$150 a day, all my gas, equipment,

I only pay guys who are good this rate.

Just can't believe how many guys I've been through this season, If you suck I'll pay you a low hourly wage.

07-02-2008, 11:05 PM
well you have to pay them minimum wage, if they work 8 hours then they get $57. Maybe the cut 4 lawns.
But in the same 8 hours if they cut 20 lawns they get $120 instead of $57 so they more than double their money, IF they produce

elite lawns
07-04-2008, 12:20 AM
i start my guys at $8

07-04-2008, 09:09 AM
i pay my helper which is my 15 year old son $10 per yard

07-07-2008, 01:16 AM
I do not know how anybody can get reliable help for less than $10/hr.