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Cemetery job part two...salary/revenue expectations?

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by FERT-TEK, Nov 17, 2019.


    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    As I mentioned In a post about best equipment for a cemetery yesterday, I have an opportunity to take a job as a cemetery caretaker next year. It is a 25 acre cemetery with a mixture of above ground and ground level head stones and will be my only job Fyi, the board of directors will be offering a salary for the work done.

    This is a tough question to ask with the limited information I am offering. Respectfully, I am not going to ask you guys for actual numbers but a range. What kind of salary/annual revenue should I expect from this? I will hopefully know more about their equipment and expectations next week.

    a) $15 - 20k annually
    B) 20 - 25k
    C) 25 - 30k
    D) 30 - 35k
    E) 35 - 40k
  2. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,421

    At $20 per acre you would have your earnings at B or C, which is probably reasonable
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  3. OP

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    $20 per acre?
  4. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,421

    If they paid you $20 per acre, that is $500 per week give or take. 52 weeks in a year = $26k
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  5. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 7,712

    Will this be considered full time employment? As head of grounds care meaning your in charge of staff and equipment. No less then $40k.

    Now on the other hand if this is just a couple days a week work solo. I would say maybe 15-20k.

    These are based on year round work. If your in a place that has winter's off go ahead and drop them numbers.
  6. OP

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    I have been told that the hours would be 7am to 1 pm Monday through Friday. Yes they said I would be maintaining the equipment and that they would pay for all necessary certifications and insurance against property damage etc. I was also told it would be seasonal but they would pay for extra work in the off season if I wanted some
  7. Jeff@diyokc

    Jeff@diyokc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 216

    In an interview, don’t be the first one to give a number if you can help it! Ask” what’s the range f or this position?” If they give one, direct your responses to why you are qualified for the higher end!

    in the opposite, if you give one, again explain why you should merit the higher end!
  8. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,421

    $15 per hour x 30 hours a week would be $450 a week so my estimate was pretty close. Maybe you could convince them to pay closer to $20 an hour but I would think you’d need good reasoning to justify such, as the post above mentioned.

    Good luck in negotiations!
  9. Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    Like others have said, prove to them why you should get top dollar. Mention to them daily check offs on the apparatus you did and any maintenance you performed even though most departments subbed it out to fleet. Talk about management of crews on fire scenes if you were an officer or acting, leadership goes a long way in every job. They need to know if something goes wrong you can manage it or atleast know the right resources to correct it. And last of all congrats on retirement I've got a few years left myself in the FD.
  10. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,293

    Seems like a fair amount of work and effort to only make $15-$20 hour. It's not just mowing but also maintaining their equipment. Not fun work trimming everything there.

    I think you could do better elsewhere. This would be a hard pass from me.
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