Trimmer Wage

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wriken, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    Equipment operators wages for lawn care are around 6.50-10.00 per hour around here. I'm thinking of adding a 3rd guy, just to trim and blow, 2 days per week. This is for my 2 days that we drop the deck and do up to 22 lawns in a area, I'm assuming it will speed up things, thus more lawn yet could be done. These 2 days of cutting are probably 99% 1 acre lots, some have alot of trimming. What would you guys pay such a person to trim?
     
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would say around $7.00 to $8.00 if that is all he has to do
     
  3. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My trimmer guy is the highest paid employee on the crew.
     
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    My crew leader is my highest paid employee. I know trimming is a tedious job and has to be done right, but he will never make more then his boss.
     
  5. jwholden

    jwholden LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    What's minimum wage these days? I thought it was around 6.50...
     
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have to agree, the foreman was always the highest paid. I feel that the mowing is more important than the trimming, so the trimming shouldn't be paid as much
     
  7. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Your going to have to make it worth his wile to just work 2 days a week with no guaranteed 40hrs.
     
  8. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree with you Troy...............lol
     
  9. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
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    the guy in mind, does absolutly nothing, live's with one of my employee's, so I figure 2 days are better then none.
     
  10. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
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    well duh! I'd say between $6.50 and $10.00.

    but what I can't figure is that those wages are paid here...in the South.... every person that I have ever met from the north has told me that they made a killing at work until they came to the stupid south.

    all of my life I have heard about northern wages but what I am reading shocks me!

    we have room cleaners here making more money than your northern equipment operators.

    I was hired at home cheapo in 1996 at $9.00/hr, here in the stupid, ignorant south. if I had stayed there I'd probably be making $9.25 by now!

    I just don't understand this Southern wage desparity thing.

    GEO :confused:
     

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