How much is that doggie in the window?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by stick9, Oct 1, 2000.

  1. stick9

    stick9 LawnSite Senior Member
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    What is the average pay for someone with ZERO experience coming into this field? How about someone with, say, 2-3 years experience? and up? I'm not refering to starting a new business, I'm inquiring about hiring some help.


    STICK-NINe

    It seems like I've been on Lawnsite ALLLLLLLLLLLLL day today!



    [Edited by stick9 on 10-01-2000 at 06:06 AM]
     
  2. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,446

    Seeing the cost of living in NY city is TWICE that in Des Moines, it may be a little tricky to nail down a number.

    We pay about:

    $9 to start, $10 after 90 days.
    $12 with experience
    $14 for experienced foremen.
     
  3. stick9

    stick9 LawnSite Senior Member
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    How about for people in the Detroit area?
     
  4. Turf Kutter

    Turf Kutter LawnSite Member
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    Lazer hourly or daily?:confused::confused:
     
  5. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    Thats all they get for a week turf kutter
     
  6. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    We are in the same ballpark as Lazer. A lot of it depends on your local job market.

    Personally, I feel that a foreman should be more than that, but it gets hard to pay those rates.
     
  7. stick9

    stick9 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 262

    Hey Jaclawn ..

    I know what yer saying .. I mean, if your charging 22-25 bux a lawn, how could you possibly pay more then 15-16 or even 17 bux an hour? You'd go out of business depending on how many lawns you could cut in that hour.


    STIck-ninE
     
  8. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    im in livonia,

    No experience=$8/hour
    2 years experience=$12/hour
    Foremen=$15-20 depending on skill and resposiblity givin to them
     
  9. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No experience I train $8.00hr
    Experienced in lawn care $11.00hr
    If also knows pruning very well $13.00hr
    Foreman $14 to $18.00
     
  10. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 490

    Stick9 You have to be charging more than $22-$25 per lawn.

    My thoughts on FOremen. They should be incharge of a crew of laborers. They should be responsible for running all field aspects of the job, including: Truck loading, Truck inspection, mower inspection, maintining crew supplies, recording employee time, recording job time, staying on schedule/modifying the schedule, basic customer interaction, interpert and act on customer requests/concerns(within reason), report to his surervisor...

    WIth a good foreman, you should only have to worry about the business aspect of things, billing, quoting, running the business.

    A foreman that can do all that, and still be a productive field worker, deserves a nice paycheck.
     

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