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Old 02-16-2013, 11:35 AM
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We pay lawn maint foreman $17.90 + 1.5* OT over 40.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:37 PM
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Agreed. Seems like its time for your lead man to get a raise.

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:54 AM
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So what does everyone pay their bottom guys starting out?
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:03 AM
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So what does everyone pay their bottom guys starting out?
10/hr until I can see what kind of work they're capable of. My current guy makes 11/hr, but I think I'll bump him up to $12 this year. He's dependable, doesn't drink or smoke, and is really good with a line trimmer. Though, I think that's about maxing out pay for a edging/trim man until he learns more about plants and knows how to run a mower.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:55 AM
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I'm surprised he is still around at 450 a week. I sold my company and worked for someone as their lead guy but my take home was about 450. A little bonus here and there. Used my personal truck for work, towed a dump trailer and everything to job sites.

I lasted about 3 months before I realized I was being taken advantage of. Working 60+ hours every week, and sometimes more when I put in a Saturday.

I think if I was taking home 600 to 650 plus I would feel comfortable working 50+ hours every week. 550 if I was given a nice truck and phone.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:10 PM
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It seems like alot of lawn and landscape companies pay salarys. Alot of guys will get screwed after working more than 40 or 50 hrs aweek. If I was the employee id rather know my wage and try to pound the long hour work weeks. I been on both sides and know what its nice to get paid what your worth if it's possible for the owner to pay it.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:30 AM
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Seems to me... if you have the proper systems in place you can save quite a bit on labor cost. IMHO
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:11 PM
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The only reason salary made sense to me in the past was the pay checks continued throught the winter with incentives for snow removal. If I was only taking home $450 a week during the season, way too low.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:39 PM
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So what does everyone pay their bottom guys starting out?




I've been starting at $10 for every one.



How ever I plan on changing that to $8 or $9 for the first month for training and then jumping to $10.

I always seem to attract employees that think because they breath they are entitled.
No gratitude for a job at all.

I am not asking that they KMA but expecting them to show via actions some gratitude is not out of line, I don't think.
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