How much is that doggie in the window?

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

  1. stick9

    stick9 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 262

    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.


    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
    Posts: 262

    How about for people in the Detroit area?
  4. Turf Kutter

    Turf Kutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    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
    Posts: 490

    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.

  8. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,005

    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
    Posts: 1,354

    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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