Right pay scale for maintenance worker

Discussion in 'Employment' started by HealthTurf, May 6, 2008.

  1. HealthTurf

    HealthTurf LawnSite Member
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    I have a small business here in NC with around 55 weekly mowing accounts and around 45+ spray accounts. I have a really great guy that has worked for me for a while...he's starting to want more $ and I'm wondering what most folks pay? He's basically a crew leader---Thanks in advance...

    Charles
     
  2. BlackCloudDiesel

    BlackCloudDiesel LawnSite Member
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    I start them at $8.00 an hour and give a $1.00hr raise every 365 days.
     
  3. SuperDuty335

    SuperDuty335 LawnSite Member
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    I don't believe in paying crappy wages to those who do good work. When I pay someone I pay them what I think they're worth to me. If your guy cares about what he does and keeps everything running smooth pay him like you appreciate what he does. That's what I do. That's what I expect. That's what I recommend.
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I coulden't agree more with superduty335
     
  5. HealthTurf

    HealthTurf LawnSite Member
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    I'm currently paying him $11 per hour. He has a 43 minute commute each way and with fuel costs I may raise him to $12 as he's capable of handling the accounts solo when needed. I'm getting Radiation/Chemo so my energy level is lower than normal. (Too many lawn chemicals finally gave me cancer) :cry:

    "The chemicals they said were safe in the 80's are killing us in 2008"
     
  6. joe the lawn guy

    joe the lawn guy LawnSite Senior Member
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    sorry to here that. was it durasban ? if that's the spelling ?
     
  7. HealthTurf

    HealthTurf LawnSite Member
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    Probably that and lots of others as I don't smoke or drink and eat really healthy. Most of these herbicides/pesticides contain lots of solvents, which just aren't good for you. I was told to get away from all these chemicals back in 1994 but ignored the advice and stayed in the business, looks like I'll permanently be out of it soon.
     
  8. brian_b

    brian_b LawnSite Member
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  9. brian_b

    brian_b LawnSite Member
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    Best Wishes - will pray for the best.
     
  10. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    i start my regularguys at 8.00 an hr and my crew leaders at 12 or 15 depending on experience.he wont do the job.if you hire an 8.00 guy he will be an 8.00 worker.
     

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