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forgop
12-14-2004, 12:54 AM
Just curious what the market is like to find out what some of your employees make for mowing and such. I'm in Indianapolis and don't anticipate hiring anyone yet until I get enough accounts, but I was looking to get an idea in mind if and when the day comes.

Thanks.

JKOOPERS
12-14-2004, 01:23 AM
i would start someone out at $8 then if they show me they can do everything and keep up with me then i would bump them up to $10.50

rodfather
12-14-2004, 08:14 AM
$15 an hour to mow, mulch, etc.
$20 an hour for crew chief (multiple mowers)

YardPro
12-14-2004, 08:22 AM
start laborers at $8.00
foreman at $10-12 but give raises quickly

walker-talker
12-14-2004, 09:50 AM
What do you guys think about starting out an employee at say....$8 and hour, but if the employee goes the entire year without missing a day (unexcused) you will give them a bonus of $1 for every hour they worked at the end of the year. If they miss a day it drops down to .75 cents for each hour worked and so on....in .25 cent increments? This is a little off subject, but an idea to lower turnover rates.

Any opinions? Also, $8 an hour is a relative figure...could be anything.

gene gls
12-14-2004, 09:56 AM
That would be a very hefty bonus,( $1.00 per hour), $ 1500.00 +

Gene

AEW
12-14-2004, 10:07 AM
I start out at $10.00 an hour paid thru lunch. I am only big enough though for one employee right now and use college kid so he is free all summer. Not too bad...Alot better pay then he can get anywhere else and always works hard. If I am able to though, I want to put him on salary when he graudates and keep him for good. I am just now venturing into commercial, so depends on what I can get I guess. I am good friends with him so I know he will stay for awhile if on salary and good worker, I figure its a win win situation. I want to be big enough where I can hire another part timer and let him and new guy be one crew, and myself and possibly another guy for another crew.

gene gls
12-14-2004, 10:13 AM
My guy gets $14.00 per hour,3/4 ton truck, cell phone. Last year he had 2 guys under him that got $10.00 ea per hour. This year, just him and I. He pays for his gas, except when we pull a second trailer,I pay for every thing else. Over 40 hours is time and half and he adverages 45 hours per week.

Gene

DFW Area Landscaper
12-14-2004, 02:11 PM
Looks like you can go as low $6.75 - $9.50 per hour with Amigos.

Seriously considering this.

http://www.amigos-inc.com/WhatYouMustDo.htm

Later,
DFW Area Landscaper

PMLAWN
12-14-2004, 03:41 PM
New hire-$7.50 or 8.00 with exprience
When things are going good around $10.00
Crew chief-$14-15.00

N.H.BOY
12-14-2004, 04:58 PM
I pay an 19 year old kid 10 bucks an hour on his day off from normal job.

YardPro
12-14-2004, 05:55 PM
What do you guys think about starting out an employee at say....$8 and hour, but if the employee goes the entire year without missing a day (unexcused) you will give them a bonus of $1 for every hour they worked at the end of the year. If they miss a day it drops down to .75 cents for each hour worked and so on....in .25 cent increments? This is a little off subject, but an idea to lower turnover rates.

Any opinions? Also, $8 an hour is a relative figure...could be anything.

i used to do something similar years ago. I gave a $500-$750 bonus at the end of the summer. We had a list of what infractions would cuase amounts to be deducted.
the problem was that when you do that you have to have them sign off on every deduction you make. It became very entailed.

Lux Lawn
12-14-2004, 07:53 PM
Full time -$12.00
Part time- $8.50

Kelly's Landscaping
12-14-2004, 08:46 PM
If things every go sour I'm working for Rod.

Ursushorribilus
12-14-2004, 08:55 PM
$15 an hour to mow, mulch, etc.
$20 an hour for crew chief (multiple mowers)

Hey, need any help? :D