Employee Pay

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Oaktree, May 3, 2004.

  1. Oaktree

    Oaktree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Hello all,

    I hope Spring is going well for everyone. I have questions about wages
    specifically in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. We wish to pay
    a decent wage in keeping with what the market requires to keep our
    employees happy and frankly not to loose them. We are a small company
    and are wondering what other companies are doing. Information we have
    obtained from some of the bigger companies is not very helpful as they
    are using considerable numbers of H2B employees and paying very little.

    What is the "going rate" for : starting laborers? Drivers? Certified
    applicators? or Registered technicians? How do companies handle
    raises? From year to year or based on skill sets?
    Job requirements? For drivers Map reading is a necessity and a clean
    driving record, but any other requirements? Does anyone have a policy
    in place that regulates raises for specific knowledge, how to prune/
    plant /stone work etc in landscaping. Does anyone use industry
    certifications from PGMS or ALCA dictate pay? Or incorporate
    information from the training manuals to create in house
    "certifications" ?
    What do you do with Latin employees that can't take the tests because
    they are all in English?

    Lastly how companies use hourly vs salary pay with employees , and the
    use of insurance Medical/Dental etc. and percentage paid after how many
    years of service?

    Lots of questions, any input will help provide data points to make sure
    we are not under or over paying and help develop our HR policies
    concerning raises and insurance.
    Thank you,

    -Dave Freeman
     
  2. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,581

    $8/hr general labor with minimal experience
    $10/hr general labor with moderate experience
    $16/hr Foreman (drivers)

    I will give them extra money if all of the work for the week gets completed on schedule..
     
  3. mflaniga

    mflaniga LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    $11.00 Drivers
    $9.00 Laborers
     
  4. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 781

    I make my guys work off of tips, like waiters.
     
  5. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
    Posts: 0

    I have two full time guys from mexico, they have been with me for two years and have never once called out. Right now we are doing five 12hr. days a week and they never complain. I pay them $11.50 per hour, and will throw them a 20$ after a good day when I cleared a $1000. I will also buy them lunch about two days a week, It all depends on how the day is going.
     
  6. mr scag

    mr scag LawnSite Member
    from n e oh
    Posts: 24

    foreman-10.00 with medical dental and life insurance
    laborer-7.5 to 9.00 no benifets until one year
     
  7. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    $8.00 to $10.00 laborer ( depending on work ethic & exp. )

    $12.00 to $16.00 driver / crew supervisor

    $25.00 to $35.00 ( avg. for foremen )
     
  8. Oaktree

    Oaktree LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Thanks for the information. Could you please define the job requirements for driver/crew but most importantly foreman is this a salary position and do you need help?:D
     
  9. strayer1

    strayer1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    east pro lawns can i come work for you for $35 an hour? ill even use my own equipment.......lol
     
  10. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Posts: 949

    Yes $35/hr is a healthy salary. I bet 99% of the solo operators on this site don't make that much per year.
     

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