$25hr for crew leader, too much or is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by privatelawn, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    planning on having crews of 4 with crew leader making $25 hr and the other 3 $10 hr, at the moment I have 2 guys and paying them each $10 hr, these guys are good, work very hard, do a great job and know how to run all equipment. When I get to the point where I want to run 4 guys per crew I would like to pay 1 of these 2 guys $25 hr.

    With workmans comp, my share of there taxes etc about how much will these 4 guys cost me per hour if im paying them total $55/hr?
     
  2. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    By the way, from my math it seems a crew of 4 would gross $24k a month.
    And in wages id be paying about $10k without including workmans comp etc, is that fair or too much spent on employee wages? Sucks to see $24k gross end up being like $5k-$8k net
     
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    It will cost about $65-66 per hour.
     
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Soooo, You are moving a guy making 10 an hour to 25???? seems like you are jumping him up a bunch and that the other 2 guys will be a bit pissed when they find out he got a 15 dollar raise. How about increasing your other 2 to 13 an hour and the crew leader to 17. then you have options to give them raises or bonuses for performance.


    I am just saying the guy is getting 10 and you want to give him a 150% raise??? doesn't seem right.
     
  5. Pristine PM

    Pristine PM LawnSite Member
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    I agree, that is way to good. We pay our crew leader about $15 an hour, but it works out due to winter hours and the perk of a truck.
     
  6. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    At the moment since they work with me I see it as im the crew leader and they are just the helpers but when I do send them on there own with 3 other guys they will have alot more responsibilities.

    Ok well $25 is a big jump, maybe I should just increase it every 3 months or so, as for paying the $10 guys $13 well Id rather give that money to the crew leader as those other guys will be well just the crew.

     
  7. causalitist

    causalitist LawnSite Senior Member
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    unless you have all enormous properties 4 guys is going to be inefficient. better off with 2 crews. might mean you have to wait longer to make the step, but its better.

    i would say get another crew and then hire a guy to do part of YOUR work (most) .. for $20/hr
     
  8. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Happier the guys are the harder they work.
     
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    here in NJ I add approximately 20% based upon $4.29/$100 of payroll for WC and another 11% for employer matching taxes
     
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    My maint crew foremen make $22.50 an hour.
     

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