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Helper's Pay Rate-Is this fair?

Discussion in 'Employment' started by cutman2000, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. stickleylawncare

    stickleylawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    We have two part time guys, both in community college and they started at 8.50. Florida minimum wage is 7.67 ish.
  2. Deetapp

    Deetapp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Thanks, everyone for all your responses. Diane

    Posts: 1,343

    We wish we could find help for under 12 to start.
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  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    When I hear the term Helper, that is different that labor.

    Labor is 10 or so.
    Helper 8 to 9.

    Helpers do not really work as hard and are kind of being trained to do things.
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,931

    My definition is opposite. A helper is semiskilled and can operate equipment. A laborer is unskilled and basically hired muscle. I employ helpers and temp hire laborers for sod and big installs.:usflag:
  6. joel29m

    joel29m LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 647

    yeah $8.hr is fair. on big jobs i throw in a lil more depending on what it is.
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Depends where you are...where I am that wouldn't get you a 12 year old!
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,931

    How good is he with a trimmer?
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  9. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

    I agree.

    WOW some guys are cheap on here.

    Min wage for working in 90+ degree heat???
    Have some compassion.

    I start all my guys at $10. After taxes there isn't that much take home.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Actually I guess $8.00 could get you a 12 year old because the minimum wage for minors is 85% of the minimum wage which is $8.25/hr...going up to $8.50 on the first of the year.

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