Going Rate

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by joe7588, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. joe7588

    joe7588 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I,m looking to hire a licensed lawn tech, but not sure what the going rate is.
    I have interviewed one person with 7 years experience and he's looking for 45K/yr plus health insurance. It seems a little high to me.
  2. fertguy2008

    fertguy2008 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    seems like you would want to be $28-35K with some sort of incentive plan that does not sacrifice quality for quantity
  3. SpreadNSpray

    SpreadNSpray LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 363

    I talked to a lawn tech last year that was working for big green. He was getting paid $15.00 per hour.
  4. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,753

    I learned a hard lesson this year...be careful how much you start an employee out at b/c they may not bring to the table everything they say they will. You can always do a probation period with a raise after 30,60 or 90 days.
  5. boats47

    boats47 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 244

    I would start them out in the $15/hr range depending on thier resume and past work experience. You always want to do a probationary period, that way you cover your ass if things don't work out. It can be very difficult these days to fire someone and you better have things documented with witness, otherwise you will pay. Remember to that they will be banking on time and half as well, if there is no OT then you could go a little higher for an hourly wage.
  6. Grassbuster

    Grassbuster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    Does he walk on water??:dizzy:
  7. mgramling

    mgramling LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I was looking to get into the spraying industry here in Memphis, TN on the side of my full time job. My full time job I work about 55hrs.+/ week. I was looking to spray 1 day a week.

    I have my lic. but limited experience. He was offering $8.00/hr. plus 10% of all new business I sold. I talked with him about his marketing plan, and It was very, very good. I would treat the customers yards that I sign on. He said I should spray anywhere from $1200-$2000 worth a day. So my 10% would be an average from $120-200 a day plus my $8 bucks and hour. He said on average during summer it would be 9-11 hour days. He said by summer, I would be making $190-$300 day. I think it was very fair. And this company is less than 15mins from my house.

    I interviewed with several companies in the fall they were willing to pay a flat $10-$14/ hour but-no sales com.

    Me and the owner both agreed, I couldn't give him the commintment he was looking for at this time, so I had to pass. I really wanted to work for this guy he is very knowledgeable, and I believe HONEST, willing and wanting to grow his business.

    If I needed somebody to treat my yard, I will call him in a second. All the other companies I interviewed with large corps, and small I wouldn't use them to treat my yard.

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