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Going rate for LEGAL hired help?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by HeloPilot, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. HeloPilot

    HeloPilot LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 36

    What is the going pay in the Houston area for LEGAL hired lawn technicians?
  2. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,012

    I have a part time employee $10/hr. Started him at $9 for the first few weeks. Gave him $10 when I realized I got me a good worker and wanted to keep him around.

    Another LCO down here pays his worker $10/hr.

    I've called another LCO that was hiring to ask them how much they start their guys at. They said $7/hr with a bump to $8/hr after performance.

    What you need to figure out is if you want cheap labor with high turnover, or good labor, with a less rate of turnover. :laugh:

    Rates for foremen, I've seen around $10-$17/hr.
  3. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    General labor for mowing and so on $8-$9hr depending on experience and landscapers with at least a couple years experience start out at $12hr seasoned landscapers with wall, patio, water feature experience and fencing start at $15hr.
  4. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,997

    Last year I couldnt hire a guy for less than $17.
    This year I got guys begging for work willing to accept $12, depends on how much work is going on
  5. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 2,246

    $8-12, depending on experience, BS that i have to deal w/, and the normal crap that goes w/ having employees. i also pay more to the guys that drive more distance to work if theyre worth having. the guys end up netting the same, but its worth all of their time to come in. if they're worth having i pay them to reflect that. i think this is the going rate for our area.
  6. Marvelous Gardens

    Marvelous Gardens LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    I pay my guys all $8 and if anyone of them would step up to the plate and run the show without me there, their pay would go up to $12
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    For residential work I pay workers $6 a lawn.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,289

    You must have a high rate of unemployment in your area:confused:
  9. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    he pays on a per lawn basis, not hour. 6 per lawn aint bad. little expensive if you're running 2 or more people. well depending on how big the lawn is of course
  10. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,997

    ths is called peice work, its how automechanics are paid.

    $6 per lawn....you can do them by yourself, lets say you cut 20 in the same day... thats $120 per day 5 days a week is $600.
    IF its a a 40 hour week, that guy just pulled 15 an hour

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