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Old 02-24-2014, 06:54 PM
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Labor rate , what do you pay ?

So here i am again another season about to be underway in april and once again looking for good employees to work for me. Ive made some connections threw the years but now they experienced well trained reliable help wants a starting salary of 15 per hour. I dont have a problem paying it if there worth it. Oh and hardscaping most guys want 18 plus an hour, just wondering what everyone elses labor rates are in my area or wherever im up in north nj.

Seems as the years go on the labor wants more money because they know its hard to get guys that show up and work there ass off.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:42 PM
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$8 an hour till they prove the can stick at it and get the job done.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:08 PM
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I'm not sure how rates where I am compare to where you're at, but I feel in general 15 is a good area to start at. I only have 2.5 employees, but they all make more than that.

Many people think landscaping is a low paying, entry level job. And some employers view it that way too.

But to attract decent employees, that can do a physical job at a good pace, while still maintaining quality, and show up every day, is a lot more rare than you would think.

You can pay top dollar and get a shyt employee. But you can't pay bottom dollar and get a good employee.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:19 PM
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Hardscape guys get paid 17-23

Equipment operators get paid 20-25

Lawn crew gets 12-17

Snow truck operators are 15-20
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:33 AM
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you guys aare out of your mind if your paying any more than 12 an hour to ride on a lawn mower
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:59 AM
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you guys aare out of your mind if your paying any more than 12 an hour to ride on a lawn mower
Agreed.

My brother-in-law told me once- "Your employees don't give a shyte about you or your business. Don't overpay for a shyte employee."
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:12 AM
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you guys aare out of your mind if your paying any more than 12 an hour to ride on a lawn mower
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Agreed.

My brother-in-law told me once- "Your employees don't give a shyte about you or your business. Don't overpay for a shyte employee."
You all must not have quality employees. I start people off at 10 an hour. (soon to be the new minimum wage) and after 60 days if they prove them selves they get put up to 12. My Foreman at the end of last season was making 15. an hour And was going to get a raise but a national company took him for more money then i could offer. If people pay a decent wage you get quality people, but if all your going to pay me is 8 an hour I'm only going to do what i have to get by.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:27 PM
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Hardscape guys get paid 17-23

Equipment operators get paid 20-25

Lawn crew gets 12-17

Snow truck operators are 15-20
To clarify you live in AK where you can't go to a restaurant of any kind withhout spending 15 a plate.
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:28 AM
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To clarify you live in AK where you can't go to a restaurant of any kind withhout spending 15 a plate.
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a restaurant of any kind?
ANY Kind? Wendy's, McDonalds, Subway. I win!

Olive Garden seems to be the same price as the lower 48.

we don't have $5 subs, they are $6 subs.

Oh and Dennys, I can get out of Dennys If I drink water for under $15.00

What kind of restaurants did you go to up here?
Gwenny's? Mama O's? Sullivans? I think only tourists go there
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:28 AM
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Hardscape guys get paid 17-23

Equipment operators get paid 20-25

Lawn crew gets 12-17

Snow truck operators are 15-20
You pay well.
This seems to be the root of what separates awesome lawn companies....and the rest.
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