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how much are you paying?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Team Gopher, Oct 8, 2003.

  1. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Posts: 4,041

    In a recent Lawn and Landscape survey, they found the average pay for:

    <table border=1 cellspacing=4>
    <TD>Entry-level mower operator </TD><TD> $8.31</TD></TR>
    <TR><TD>Entry-level spray technician </TD><TD>$10.08</TD></TR>
    <TR><TD>Foreman </TD><TD>$13.02</TD></TR></TABLE>

    How do these rates compare with yours?
  2. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    ha ha ha ha
    he he he he
    ho ho ho ho

    Sorry bout that.

    I live in Alabama.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Posts: 8,745

    the thing about those values is the fact that different areas mean different salaries. The size of the city and the mean income level around the area have a major effect.

    Like me I live in a small city: $8.00 per hour entry level and $11.00 per hour for foreman. But of course my guys too get benefits.
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    let's see...

    Entry-level mower operator $8.31

    Entry-level spray technician $10.08

    Foreman $13.02

    all of those add up to $31.41/hr.

    I usually try to pay myself a little better than that.

  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Posts: 8,745

    pay yourself, what do you mean?
  6. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    sorry...I was trying to make a little pun...:eek:

    I am a solo operator and I like to make more than $31.41 an hour for every hour that I work and I usually do. often, much more.

    of course I mean bidable work hours. I can hardly claim to make that kind of money every single hour while doing the routine things such as servicing the machine on an off day or sharpening blades in the am, etc.

  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Posts: 8,745

    aww..I get ya. You had me confused. I thought for a second there that you only charge the rate that you pay your employees. Really threw me off.

    I thought that you were joking around though, but still had to ask
  8. NC Big Daddy

    NC Big Daddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 267

    Labor no experience and no DL $6.50
    Labor no experience with a DL $7.50
    CDL Driver 2 yrs CDL experience $9.00
    Crew leader must have DL $8.50 to $9.00
    Foreman must have DL $10 to $12
    Spray Tech must have DL and min of 1 yr experience $12 to $14 plus 5% commission.
    After one year each employee can enroll in our heath insurance program which I pay 75%. After 1 year each employee can take one week paid vacation (not during season March-Nov). After 3 yrs 2 weeks paid vacation (not during season). After 5 yrs 3 weeks paid (one week during season) profit sharing and 100% paid insurance.
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937


    Why only $9 for a CDL driver with 2 year experience?

    Heck they can go just about anywhere with a NEW CDL and get $16-$18/hr to start.

    Do you have someone that you pay $9/hr with a CDL with 2 years exp.? Usually if their smart enough to pass the CDL, they're smart enough to know that they could be making DOUBLE what your paying.

    Just curious, thats all.
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    that is a good question. I almost lost one of my foreman because he has a CDL for all the classes and he was going to go back to driving trucks. Good money, but away from family too long

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