calculating the cost of employees

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Barrett Landscaping, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    needing to add employees this coming season. how do you guys factor in costs such as workers comp on top of their hourly rate? is there some kind of formula?
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    This may not be the best section to post this question, but maybe I'm wrong.

    I don't have employees so I don't know the exact costs.
    But things will vary from state to state. But from what I remember employee costs such as WC, UE, are about 1/4 to 1/3 the hourly rate. So a $10 hr can cost you $15 hr. Then payroll fees, witholding, FICA.

    I'm sure someone with real world numbers from your state will post soon.
  3. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thanks for posting.... i found on here not too long ago a formula of some sort but cant find it now
  4. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    There's no formula its just a matter of adding up all the bs that goes with them.

    Your going to have unemployment insurance but how much depends on where you live and have you laid anyone off before. We get tagged for the max rate here so that's 6.8%

    Then the feds charge .6% for their unemployment insurance.

    Workman's comp again these rates vary are you new did you have a claim what is it you do. We pay 4% of the employees payroll.

    Then there is your half of social security and medicare 7.3%

    Then there is a payroll service if you do not do this yourself for us that's 2k a year.

    Then comes time and half for anything over 40 hours and the percentages above are on total hourly wages so when they are on OT the other costs go up accordingly.

    Then you got indirect cost like motor vehicle insurance tends to go up when you add more drivers and if they have a bad record it can get ugly.

    Hope that helps
  5. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    check some of my threads to start with

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