pay rates?

Discussion in 'Employment' started by wildstarblazer, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 978

    What is the typical per hour pay rate for a experienced person these days?

    I'm thinking of working for someone instead of my own biz anymore. I need something to either talk me out of it or into it. LOL
     
  2. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    Define experienced?

    I'm not sure about US areas, but for a more experienced lawn person, I've seen it as high as $17/hr for FULL TIME year 'round guys. If they do heavy equipment operating in the winter they can be eligible to get paid more, but $15-17 is generally top rate. Entry level jobs (with some lawn experience) start at $10-12, with $12 being the most common in Ontario for almost any labour job.

    Around June/July this year, the minimum wage for Ontario will be $10.25/hr. Up from $9 & change. A lot of smaller business will hurt because of this, but for most industries, they already pay more for basic entry level jobs.

    I'd stay in business for yourself, then you can set your own hours, profit more, choose you want to do work for, etc.

    You have one question to answer - Why let someone else profit off your a$$?
     
  3. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    Define experienced?

    I'm not sure about US areas, but for a more experienced lawn person, I've seen it as high as $17/hr for FULL TIME year 'round guys. If they do heavy equipment operating in the winter they can be eligible to get paid more, but $15-17 is generally top rate. Entry level jobs (with some lawn experience) start at $10-12, with $12 being the most common in Ontario for almost any labour job.

    Around June/July this year, the minimum wage for Ontario will be $10.25/hr. Up from $9 & change. A lot of smaller business will hurt because of this, but for most industries, they already pay more for basic entry level jobs.

    I'd stay in business for yourself, then you can set your own hours, profit more, choose you want to do work for, etc.

    You have one question to answer - Why let someone else profit off your a$$?
     
  4. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,231

    Mine are @ 9 per hour.
     
  5. turfrider1020

    turfrider1020 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    we start every one around 10 and up to 13.50 an hour crew leaders of course get more around the 15 16 an hour range
     
  6. aduttonater

    aduttonater LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    My employees bid jobs and make 60%. At the end of an 8 hour day with a job that totals $450. Thats $180 for me and $270 for them. After dividing their commission by 8 hours, the total amount made per hour is $33.75 per hour. If another person works, then they can make 8 an hour so minus $64 or likely $32 from each of our commissions. So $148 for me and $238 for them. Were all still making great money, and that's only for one job.
     
  7. goodolboyslandscaping

    goodolboyslandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    $9.00 per hour for laborers is what I pay, with raises. I also give a $500 Christmas bonus and a $200 Thanksgiving bonus. I have a four man crew, they get pretty good benefits.
     
  8. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Ga pay is super low compared to any where else. I worked for a power line construction company and when we went up there they were making 20% less than what we made.
     
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    The way you're doing it sounds like you're more of a pimp than an employer.
     
  10. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    High teens to low 20's is possible with the right company.
     

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