Hard to afford what I call good help!

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by mike48114, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. mike48114

    mike48114 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    I fear that some of our laborers and even our crew leaders could be of a higher quality employee. We pay our laborers $9/hr and our crew leaders $9.50-$10.00 per hour. I know from experiance that paying more dosen't make those employees act any more professional. But does offering more attract better guys? I can't afford with our current budget to pay crew leaders $19.00/hr but I want guys who take pride in thier work and are good for the company not just guys who come to work every day. Just thought I'd throw it out there and see what comes back. Thanks in advance for your help and segestions.:cool:
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    a whopping $1/hr more for being a leader? you've got to be kidding. around here the help gets 12/hr for labor, closer to 20 for foreman/leader. If you can't afford to pay more than $9/hr are you sure you're charging enough for your time for services?
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    My 2 foreman get $20 an hour, laborers get $15.
  4. mike48114

    mike48114 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    Keep in mind, and I'm sure you know already, the markets vary from region to region. $9.00 per hour for our laborers is very competitive for our area. Its the Crew Leader type positions that the wage is all over the board depending where you look. We also offer health insurance along with AFLAC. Are we saying that if I want Professional Company Oriented Crew Leaders I have to possibly raise our hourly target man hour rate to accommodate the inflated wage?
  5. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    Yes in Mich, 9.00 is a good wage, not sure but I think your mininum is alot higher then ours, I believe ours is at 5.15 or 5.75. I was in Mass a couple years ago and I couldnt believe when I was told the starting wage of a person working a walmart. Thats what my crewleader gets is 10.00, stating wage is 6.50
  6. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    Here we go again. The East coast guys think the whole country has the same pricing structure as them.
  7. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Here is a quote from this article.

    "In Wayne County, prevailing-wage rates vary from a modest $15.26 an hour for a landscape laborer"
  8. mike48114

    mike48114 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    If I found someone who could warant that kind of money I'd make sure it fit in next years budget. I dont know whare to find those guys. I got a feeling if you advertise a job opening for good money you dont guarantee yourself only good guys will apply.
  9. jeffhendrix

    jeffhendrix LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I found my best guy off of the internet. I thought if they knew enough about the internet to go to a helpwanted.com site then they had to be kind of smart! He works out GREAT. I pay him $12.00 and I will pay him more next year. I pay my other guys 8-10$ an hour.


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