I was reading the post about overtime, and it got me thinking. What are some of the average hourly wages that you might expect to pay out for quality, reliable snowplowing drives, with your equipment. I pay out time and a half for all snowplowing in my trucks (which is about $14 - $20 PER HOUR DEPENDING ON EMPLOYEE). I also give a 20% bonus to all drivers monthy if no work is missed for snowplowing. For sidewalk detail, I pay 2 1/2 times regular pay with 20% bonus. For subcontractors with own insurance I pay $35- $50 depending on experience. This has worked well so far (3 years and still perfecting). But I have competitors that are paying as little as $10 per hour in the middle of the night, then they wonder why they lose contracts because they were not done in a timely fasion because no one showed up to work at 2 a.m. Am I overpayinf to secure good workers, or am I just a employer with a "share the pie attitude" I charge $115 a truck hour(but do not charge by the hour, only per push and contracts) to estimate a job. We use new trucks and boss v plows. I know of people only getting 55 a truck hour which i do not even see worth the time. My overhead one one truck is $8500 per season / 10 plows average/ 9 hour route= $94 per hour truck hour. Why lose money?? Any comments please.