Fair Labor Rate

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by skipwith, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. skipwith

    skipwith LawnSite Member
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    What is a fair labor rate for installs, weeding etc? I have been charging 30/hour. Also how much is a fair markup on plants and materials?
     
  2. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    $45 - $60 an hour just for you and then you need to know your overhead for employees and materials to get the actual prices.
     
  3. gandk06

    gandk06 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I base all of my work at 65/ hour plus any materials.
     
  4. skipwith

    skipwith LawnSite Member
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    for each sub/laborer per hour?
     
  5. gandk06

    gandk06 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I run solo.
     
  6. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow it really depends on your region... can you add your expenses+profit you want to make (must be reasonable) than divide by how many hours your going to work... Thats a brief explination... its really more complicated than that... but it gives you an idea
     
  7. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not to pick on you, but this has been asked alot on here and I dont get it. The rate for an employee or sub should be the same as for you. I just dont get the discount thing. Say you charge $40 for you and $30 for a helper.

    You work 10 hours doing a job=$400
    Your employee 10 hours doing the same job $300
    You and your employee working 5 hours each $350

    The same thing got done either way, so why the variance in pricing?
     
  8. jmkr02

    jmkr02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    One vehicle to get to the job, 2 may be more efficient than 1, but 3 may not be more than 2.
     
  9. jmkr02

    jmkr02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    One vehicle to get to the job, 2 may be more efficient than 1, but 3 may not be more than 2.
     
  10. jmkr02

    jmkr02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    One vehicle to get to the job, 2 may be more efficient than 1, but 3 may not be more than 2.
     

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