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Crew leader pay range

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

  1. Fresh_Cut

    Fresh_Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    This makes sense, but now I need to know where to even advertise for finding a guy thats worth paying this much?

    Monster.com? Temp services? Labor Pools?

  2. klogan011

    klogan011 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    I think u just proved that you can. High school education does help atleast when I hire. It show that u put forth some effort. College isn't for everyone.
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  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,745

    It is true that good guys are hard to find... I've had the same two guys for over 8 years now and we are usually able to keep a part time college kid for a year or two before they usually start their internships.

    I would contact your local state job agency, put in your minimum requirements and add that you do drug testing and must have transportation.
  4. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,638

    Are you speaking about lawn and landscape or any job? I am sure there are 1 or 2 people in here that make more than $13 an hour with just a high school education.
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  5. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,745

    I have a cousin who was 2 classes short of getting his electrical engineering degree, so he only has a HS diploma. He's the electrical supervisor at a federal prison making over $75k per year.... I would say he is the exception.

    However, there are several fields with decent pay requiring only a HS diploma but they do require certifications.... heavy equipment operators, welders, electricians, etc......
  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,506

    I made over double that the year after I graduated. $29 with benefits

    I would have been over 35 before I was 21, but had to quit
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  7. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,968

    I'm all for paying a premium wage for employees. My problem is most guys I hire have very little experience. The most experienced person I have interview had 2 years crew leader experience primarily with large commercials. I'm mostly residential.

    I feel that if I'm paying a guy a premium wage I would have a very short leash on his quality and attitude.

    So my thoughts are a base wage and then a weekly crew bonus? I shouldn't have to pay a bonus but most of my guys are very "green." None ever seem to know the detail work and their isn't enough margin to hire a sole bed maintenance guy.
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  8. lawnandsnowguy

    lawnandsnowguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    i just calculated what i estimate to be a living wage for my area... based off 40hrs/week a month came out to be $14.06/hr (after taxes) assuming they will use public transportation

  9. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,358


    I would actually argue that the opposite is true...

    If you are paying a guy a premium wage, you should be doing so because you DON'T HAVE TO keep him on a short leash.

    Premium wages are for experience and maturity.

    Those two attributes scream "Leave me alone and let me get the job done for you."
  10. Greenboy24

    Greenboy24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    I would agree, the more you are paying someone the more they should be taking off of your plate. They should be capable of completing things to your standards without you having to constantly check on them. Obviously in the beginning you need to feel them out, you just can't let them run free and not know if they are capable of it. Someone leading a crew should be able to prove these capabilities very quickly (otherwise they shouldn't be leading a crew)

    This is why its very important to have job descriptions in writing as well as a way that their performance will be measured and reviewed with their superior on a regular basis.

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