payscale

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by sprinklertech, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. sprinklertech

    sprinklertech LawnSite Member
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    Hi everyone. I'm new to this site. I have a question. I am state licensed in New Jersey for irrigation. I built a company's irrigation division over the last 7 years to over 500,000. I also end up helping the landscape foreman read blueprints and layout plant material on commercial job sites. Company has 401 and medical. I travel alot in the state due to our g.c.'s liking our work and productivity. What would you consider to be a good payscale. I am hourly.
     
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    You sound a lot like what I was before I left the trade.

    In my area, you would be paid around $20 an hour.
     
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Geez, my employee makes $18 an hour and has a lot less responsibilities. But only works 8-9 months, and has less benefits.
     
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    I did change careers for a reason :)
     
  5. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you could definately get $25/hour, depending on the company may be able to push for $30. someone in your position, though, should push for salary.

    somewhere around $2000/week, depending on your hourly commitment.

    pg
     
  6. $2000 per week?

    Are you hiring????
     
  7. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Might fight you for the front spot in line Tony. I think I'm gonna update my resume right now. Wonder what the cost of living in NJ is compared to WI...
     
  8. I'm guessing HIGHER...but maybe I could commute. Actually at 2k per week, I could commute.

    Of course I'm kidding.....I wouldn't trade the selfemployment ranks for less that 2500 per week ;)
     
  9. sprinklertech

    sprinklertech LawnSite Member
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    okay , I appreciate your input. Here's one for ya! The company is now giving all employees a 5% pay deduction because some of our g.c.'s want a 10% price decrease. I just found this out.
     
  10. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Bronze Member
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    COL is definitely higher. and we bill a lot higher. for example hourly rates are $125, PGP's are 40.

    i'm also basing that salary estimate on what his skills seem to be, effectively running an irrigation division. also i'm basing that salary point at about 65 hours a week.

    A basic service tech with 2 years experience (and a driver's license!) can probably ask for and get about $18/ hour.

    Again, bear in mind you're not gonna buy a house for under $350K in my area. and that would be really small or need some work.

    I'm in northern jersey, things may be different further south. (below Trenton they still use PVC, talk about the stone ages!!)


    pg
     

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