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Payroll as a percentage of sales

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by southern79, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. southern79

    southern79 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    For maintenance or DB companies, what percentage of sales is your payroll? If you have employees, how many? Thanks!
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  2. scott martoccia

    scott martoccia LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    You will find some good data here:


    Keep in mind that payroll as a percent of sales will depend on how much you are paying yourself as an owner. If this number is not realistic and you are a smaller operation the % payroll will mean nothing.
  3. southern79

    southern79 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    Very valid point. I will look at the link you sent. I am looking for the percentage of payroll not including owner salary to be specific and to your point. If some one wants to share their owner salary percentage that would be great too.
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  4. britsteroni

    britsteroni LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 334

    My most profitable clients in this industry have a payroll burden outside of the owner salary in the 30% of sales range.
  5. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Posts: 305

    28% here. 15 Employees
  6. southern79

    southern79 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 91

    Thanks! We are currently at 27% with 12 employees excluding owner salary

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