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How much do you pay?

I'm stacked up on spring clean-ups right now, and am looking at getting a buddy to help me out to get caught up.

How much do you guys pay your help in this situation?
 

HacMan91

LawnSite Member
Pay him $7 or $8 an hour. If he can run all your equipment pay him more. If all he's going to do is shovel, rake or any other manual labor adjust the pay accordingly. My 2 cents. Good luck
 

bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
yup, what's he worth is your answer. if he can use all your stuff, and he's reliable, i'd start him at $10, if he proves worthy, bring him up to $12. i had guys i paid $6 an hour, they werent woth $2, i've had guys i paid $12, they were worth $20
 

ztoro

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Flemington, NJ
If he is your buddy hook em up....I have a good friend that helps me in the winter.... He works harder than I do.... I always take care of him..... at a minimum I would pay him 10-12..... If he's good and you'll need him again make it worth his time.... or next time he may not be so willing to help a brother out....

somebody I didnt know would be aorund 7 or 8......
 

proenterprises

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Connecticut
since your going to be doing cleanups-8/hr is a good wage. once you see that hes good/reliable and hard working, dont hesitate to bump him to 8 or 9/hr.

if hes crap, keep it at 8.

but its kinda hard to keep a helper for under 8...@least here it is.
 

workaholic

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Charleroi P.a
10.00 per hour seems to retain my employee every year. I have paid less and recieved less in the past so i will stick with this amount...
 

SodKing

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
New Hampshire
Last year I had an employee come to me and demand a raise(Was at the time paid $10 per hour), after all " You said I would be reviewed after 30 days of employment."

A smirk appeared on my chin...

I said "indeed you would be reviewed on the 30 days of employment mark."

I pulled out his file...I remarked "you haven't been here 30 consecutive days yet. You have a remarkable history of calling in sick 1 day per week."

"I been calling around and the average pay for cutters around here is $12 an hour," said he...

"Key work there is average" I replied. "Some cutters are being paid $16 per hour, some are receiving $8 per hour, the average is $12 per hour"

..."You should be receiving $8 per hour" I told the now deflated employee. "as a matter of fact here is a written warning that if you miss 1 more day within the next 30 days without a doctors excuse in hand, your employment will be terminated."

6 days later he was...
 

workaholic

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Charleroi P.a
Originally posted by SodKing
Last year I had an employee come to me and demand a raise(Was at the time paid $10 per hour), after all " You said I would be reviewed after 30 days of employment."

A smirk appeared on my chin...

I said "indeed you would be reviewed on the 30 days of employment mark."

I pulled out his file...I remarked "you haven't been here 30 consecutive days yet. You have a remarkable history of calling in sick 1 day per week."

"I been calling around and the average pay for cutters around here is $12 an hour," said he...

"Key work there is average" I replied. "Some cutters are being paid $16 per hour, some are receiving $8 per hour, the average is $12 per hour"

..."You should be receiving $8 per hour" I told the now deflated employee. "as a matter of fact here is a written warning that if you miss 1 more day within the next 30 days without a doctors excuse in hand, your employment will be terminated."

6 days later he was...
Wast no time in deadbeats
 
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