Crew leader pay range

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by grassmasterswilson, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,988

    I have a guy who I have been training to become a crew leader and run a 2 man mowing crew. He had never done mowing before and has picked it up very good. He has gone out without me some when things have gotten busy.

    So this guy will get paid from the time the trailer hooks up til the time it drops not including lunch. I also will give home a company phone so I can be in contact with him...he will take it home and I have told him he can use it but not abuse it. I will also pay overtime if necessary although if Howe get close on hours I usually show up to help.

    He currently gets $10 per hour while I've been training him over the past few months. He has not mentioned wanting a raise. Curious what others are paying? I'm in North Carolina and do mostly residential properties.
  2. B-2 Lawncare

    B-2 Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    O.M.G I pay my high school kids $10 an hour. We pay 475 a week plus weekly incentive bonus.

    GOATMAN GEORGE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    About 12.50 is standard starting pay for a forrman round here. Top foreman getting like $17 & up, but over see major commercial accounts.
  4. maelawncare

    maelawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    If you don't plan on him running the crew every day. You could offer a bonus for quality assurance. Tell him that when hes in charge, if everything looks good your give him a bonus. The number is up to you though.
  5. zap15101

    zap15101 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 20

    I just had a crew leader quit on me. He was making 14.25/ hr plus overtime and .50 cents a lawn commission. Cutting an average of 80-85 lawns a week. This wasn't good enough for him as he wanted more. He told me he could make more elsewhere.... So I said good luck. Careful what you give these guys.... In the end it's all about entitlement.... And they will always think they deserve more. Back on the grass for me I guess
  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,758

    I've got two guys @ $15.00/hour and a $10.00/hour part time college kid.....
  7. turfbuilder

    turfbuilder LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from WI
    Messages: 554

    Crew leaders $17.50 per hour
    Trained workers $14.00
    Raw beginners $10.00
  8. Utah Lawn Care

    Utah Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,556

    I pay the college kid that does a crap job $12/hour. An important employee I wanted to stick around would be closer to 15-18.
  9. lawnandsnowguy

    lawnandsnowguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    take 5-10% of the net profit and give your foreman the rest
  10. Greenboy24

    Greenboy24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    Our crew leaders are 17-22 but we are in a completely different part of the country so I don't think it translates very well.

    Lawn and Landscape runs a decent spread each year on average pay for certain positions and they break it down by region. Its probably on their website somewhere

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