View Full Version : Those with employee's - what you all paying?

03-27-2011, 12:34 PM
I am curious what you guys are paying your top guy out in the field. I don't care if he is mowing, landscaping, chemical, etc.

I am looking for hourly info and then if you care to share are you guys paying vacaction time (1,2,3 weeks) holiday's off, insurance, retirement plans?

03-27-2011, 10:59 PM
Id like to know this as well, what is a fair amt to pay the head guy of a crew and any benefits.

Cajun Cleanin'
03-27-2011, 11:08 PM
I pay 15 dollars an hour or a percentage of day whichever is greater.Helpers get between 8 to 12 depending.

03-28-2011, 02:55 AM
pay rate will vary from diffrent parts of the country. same as cost of living.

Here We start everyone off at 10.00 per hour.

03-28-2011, 10:01 PM
We start mower operators at $10 for the first month - if they work out, and are good enough to stay, they go to $11 for the remainder of the year. We pay the hourly wage from the time they get to my shed in the AM until we get back in the PM. I also buy lunch and pay for the time. Am probably going to $13/hr with my seasoned (OVer two yrs) employees, and not buying lunch. Thanks Brad

03-28-2011, 11:09 PM
my grass foreman gets 15, then the other 2 guys on his crew each get 10

my landscaping/hardscaping foreman get 15 then the other 2 guys on his crew each get 8

03-28-2011, 11:19 PM
You pay more for your grass guys than what you pay your hardscape/landscape laborers? Wow

03-28-2011, 11:24 PM
yea, the two landscape laborers are straight laborers that do all the grunt work and bring all the block to me and the guy that gets 15

03-31-2011, 09:15 AM
I'm a lead supervisor and do design, applications, sales and troubleshooting. I have 30 yrs experience, worked for myself for 20 and sold my biz to my current employer. I set my own schedule, love my job, $19./hr + commission on sales I generate. I was offered more $$ from a competitor, but money isn't everything.

Kelly's Landscaping
03-31-2011, 05:50 PM
My top guy makes 16.50 an hour has been there over a year. We bought a new truck so he will be running his own crew in a month or so at which time we will bump him up to 17.00 when I last worked for someone else in 2002 I was paid 20 an hr but I was a lot better then my top guy today.

04-03-2011, 11:53 AM
All over the board on pay and benefits. We have guys from $9-29.75 per hour paid time off etc.. 29.75 is for guys that do government jobs and are paid prevailing wages. (must be nice)

04-05-2011, 08:29 PM
Meets -

I down graded my wages this year. My $18 / hour guy went to work for Fed-Ex, so I'm bumping my $12 / hour guy to $15 this year, making him crew leader.

After that I'm going to hire 2 ft guys at $10 / hour, and depending on the work load, hire 1-2 more pt guys at the same $10 / hour.

Strictly maintenance.

04-05-2011, 09:11 PM
We have only full time guys here part time is to hard to keep track of when and who. But for Minnesota i cant believe a guy would leave U to work for FED haha we have guys here that can handle jobs from start to finish from home base Wisconsin all the way to Wichita Kansas for the same pay rate of $18 and has been here for years. I start everyone at $8.50 an hr you want more go ask OBAMA or sell drugs. My average emp. working here is 6 years.

04-05-2011, 09:39 PM
lwnmwrman22 - is that really you? I can't beleive it - did you leave us for a while or were you alwasy around just waiting!!

Lost two guys - one went to work for the gov't - $20 / hour. The othre decided to get a sales position selling belts - equipment belts that is. Thinks his salary will be better - so i am down to part time help, me, my wife said she can help, and plenty of saturday help. Pain in the A#$!

04-05-2011, 10:41 PM
I flopped over to Plowsite for the winter, now I'm back, although there isn't alot to say other than what I've already said in my previous 4,229 posts. :D

I too have my wife helping me, and a new neighbor that moved in across the street who's a teacher and looking for work in the summer. Those'll be my part timers.

I still have the one guy from last year, and his buddy was shoveling sidewalks for me this winter, who's done landscaping for the last 4 years for a competitor. However, the buddy is getting passed up for a promotion and he's pretty ticked about it.

He'd have to take a $3 / hour pay cut, but he's mad enough he might do it.

04-05-2011, 10:44 PM
either way good here from ya again.
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