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Geography and Income

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fshrdan, Dec 12, 2001.

  1. fshrdan

    fshrdan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    I'm interested in finding out what other LCO's charge per maintenance man-hour in different parts of the country. Especially those with not more that 3 full time employees, because that way we'd all have similar overhead.

    My interest on this was piqued a few weeks ago when someone gave me feedback on this board that my normal $30/man hour was way low. Granted, it's usually higher... but I wouldn't think that this is "way low". Let's hear what other small time guys charge in different areas. A good idea might be to include the average value of the properties you service, too. My average residential is around a $200,000 house.


    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 665

    Forget the country-focus on the AREA. Things can vary so much within zip codes even. So why have a set $/hr amount based on area alone? I set mine by the area and by the type of job it is. I'll clean gutters off season for $20.00/hr, but if I'm doing any heavy landscaping, I want $50.00.
  3. Matt's right

    In the sevral zip code I do some of my prices go up higher.

    Min. hourly charge $45 a man hour, truck/guy, any more than a few simple hand tools and it's more.

    Size of LCO or the amount of empl. does not matter.

    Charge accrodingly.
  4. We try for 75$ a hour there's 4 of us it's a family run biz
  5. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 773

    I'm a solo op and right now I shoot for $42/hour mowing, $60/hour trimming/hauling.

    JEFF ZALMANOFF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    i try to avg $ 28.00 per man hour . more is nice sometimes i do much better . if i have land fill fees then i add them in .
  7. BOBCAT36

    BOBCAT36 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30


    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 665

    Hey Jeff, just curious. Your signature. Is that supposed to say loaded from bear or loaded from beer?
  9. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Going out on a limb here, but that signature could mean:

    The business world is different. There are bears there. My bottom-line message is that if you're going to go into the workplace, figure out the deal. Learn it's about fighting bears.

    Billi Lee: Loaded for bear


    I pasted straight from here: http://www.cnn.com/2001/CAREER/trends/03/21/billilee/

    Of course, it very well may mean otherwise. ;)
  10. wolfpacklawn

    wolfpacklawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    $35 regardless of the location although I would charge more if there was traveling time but I generally wont take jobs out of a certain area.

    odin00- Is that $75 per man hour doing lawn maint. or is that landscape construction or spraying or what? If you are getting $75 for mowing that is excellent.

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