View Full Version : per man hour

02-24-2003, 04:07 PM
How much do each of you like to make per man hour?

02-24-2003, 04:41 PM
It depends on what I and/or we are doing. Try being more specific...mowing, mulching, fertilizing, snow plowing, etc.

02-24-2003, 11:17 PM

02-25-2003, 12:31 PM
$40 per man hour, no matter what. We work fast, we work hard, and usually no one minds paying that price.


02-25-2003, 08:27 PM
50 minimum !!

02-25-2003, 10:20 PM
$50 minimum eh? I might be under bidding myself. Oh well. Cant really help it. I have got Mexicans like crazy around here that will work for $10 an hour, I have to remain somewhat competitive.


David Gretzmier
03-06-2003, 12:56 PM
you need 4 times what you pay employees to be profitable in most hand labor markets. power equipment adds to that. most 15-25000 equipment should be charged out at $15-30 per hour extra. I would imagine houston is extremely competitive.


03-06-2003, 01:42 PM

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03-06-2003, 07:11 PM
depends if it mantiance--45.00
if its landscapeing--65.00

03-06-2003, 11:40 PM

03-07-2003, 12:38 PM

03-07-2003, 12:58 PM
On the average $45.00 per hour.

jason r.
03-07-2003, 02:40 PM
$40 per man hour

03-07-2003, 03:07 PM
He is asking per man hour? So you guys roll in there with yourself and 3 other guys, and charge 4 *$45 per guy=$180 per hour? Some of my clients would go for that, but not too many. I charge between $27 to $30 per man. Philadelphia/Main Line.

03-07-2003, 03:10 PM
Although on further reveiw, it does get higher for the higher priced jobs! ;^) Charge ON!

03-08-2003, 08:56 PM
Anywhere from $30.00 to $75.00, and again it all depends

on the work at hand.

03-16-2003, 10:38 PM
I am just getting started, only have about 25 lawns and this is my first full season, but if San Antonio is as competitive as Houston then I would say closer to $30 an hr per laborer (unless your using a tractor.) Otherwise good luck getting people to want to use your service.

Darryl G
03-17-2003, 03:58 AM
I like to make about $200/hr but will work for $35 with just hand tools and a wheelbarrow, $40 for trimming edging and hedges, $45 for chain saw work or landscaping and $50 for spring & fall clean-ups. I'm thinking of going up to $40 minimum this year.

03-17-2003, 09:13 AM
Originally posted by David Gretzmier
I would imagine houston is extremely competitive

You have no idea. Its horrible. We have got a TON of illegal immagrants from Mexico here, they dont have taxes, or any payments, so they can get away with charging $6 an hour! There is no way I can compete with that! They dont do as good a job, but lots of people dont care.
We are a rather cut-throat bunch. Once, this has only happened once, I finished a lawn, and another LCO pulled up, and as the lady was paying me, he came up and started to tell her that he could do a better job and he would throw in extra goodies (hedge clipping, weeding beds, etc) for LESS than what I was charging to start with. i told him to scram, and gave him a well meaning shove. I am six foot two, I am guessing he was about 5 foot 10, so he left. And that was that. Very competitive.


03-17-2003, 12:33 PM
My village is filled with mexicans. They are between 7 and 16 dollars per hour and do a very decent job on most places, so I am stuck at between 20-30 per hour. Any more and I would lose to these other guys. Some of my neighbors would rather pay a white guy that speaks english though, so I am able to survive all right. If you know what you are worth, let the customer know, usually they will trust your judgement if you show yourself to be very confident in your ability. It works for me.

03-17-2003, 07:06 PM
I have noticed people complaining what their competitors charge per hour. I do not know about most companies, but I could care less what the competion charges. It has no influence on what we do, nor should it. Charge what your company is worth, if your market will not bear more money, then move on to another fawcet of business or position urself to justify why you charge more.
My company does exsiting homes and very little new construction, and most of our work is non bidded out to other firms. When we know we are bidding against other companies, I rarely come in low. We tract our contacts and bids we submit and average over 75% of work we bid. What I am try to tell people is, find your nitch and work it to death. When we do new construction, is rarely for the contractor, it is the owner direct, again not bidding against someone else for the dollars. quit worrying about your competion and sell your company to your clients.