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is $18 an hour too much

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bingham Brothers, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Bingham Brothers

    Bingham Brothers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Is a good crew leader worth $18 an hour? I am adding a second crew this year and want someone good- one crew will be residental and one commercial. I can't believe I'm even thinking of paying someone $18 when 2 years ago i was mowing by myself- kinda freaks me out a little.
     
  2. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    I don't think so ... you'll get what you pay for !! If you pay a good wage, then you can have your pcik of the best, simple as that.
     
  3. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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  4. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    What time would you like me to report in tommorow? Four,5 AM? I guess I have lived here so long can't imagine a job that pays 18 per hour! I do feel though you get what you pay for, a well paid employ/supervisor should give you 100%. H*ll, for 18 I would give 150%!
     
  5. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,185

    wow thats alot of money?how many workers are in the crew?
     
  6. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    Last year I was a part time crew leader for a local company. I got $17 an hour and loved every minute of it. You will get what you pay for though. Having another crew going will more than pay his paycheck though. Be sure they are productive even though the real boss man isnt there.
     
  7. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,245

    I have paid HELPERS $20/hr cash and still cannot keep quality guys around....At this point I dont think there is a dollar amount I could pay someone to take out MY equipment and represent my business.

    I have been rolling solo and just charging more and loving it.....I do have a guy or two that I can call on for bigger jobs though...
     
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    that is pretty average, but you better be sure he is productive or you will lose money. there should be upfront and very clear and realistic quotas in place
     
  9. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,594

    Not really out of line for this area, but may be, depending on the geographic area you're in. Bigger cities would require higher pay to get the same quality of person.
     
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    it really depends on the area. i have 2 foremen who do maint only and are paid $22.50 an hour.
     

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