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How much does everyone pay employee's?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Dunn's, May 18, 2006.

  1. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,534

    How much does everyone pay their employee's? Just wanting to know if we are about average or not. Right now we are paying $8.50 for start out employees.
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I dunno, I never understood this part...

    I mean, I draw a salary of one thousand dollars a month, and with the hours I work, the only pay for an employee that doesn't exceed my own pay is minimum wage.

    Some of the big guys around here pay 6.50 - 7 / hour, the only ones who pay more and a lot more are the small guys...
    Never understood it.
  3. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    I normally pay $8 an hour. With the great luck I've had with employees I am going to start paying less if I ever get someone again. 7-7.50, if they don't like it, no job.
  4. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    wow...$7-8 an hour? I personally would never work a labor intensive job for anything less then $10 an hour.
  5. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    Hell I wouldn't even work it for that! At the funeral home, I was used to sitting on my ass all day and browsing the net for $15 an hour.:cool2:
  6. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    you couldn't pay me $100 an hour to sit inside all day and be bored.
  7. PJDiesel

    PJDiesel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    To much money is being made not to pay a fair wage. $10.00 should be about the min, unless you are talking about a 15 yr. old kid or something?
  8. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    Uhhhh. I'll take that job.

    I don't pay by the hour.

    I pay by the job.
  9. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,398

    I pay by the job.

    It works out to about $15 per hour for my helper and $21 per hour for my forman.

    As far as I can tell, I am much higher than average both in wages and productivity.
  10. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    I'm the same way. They work faster, especially after a layoff due to weather. They finish faster, which means I am finished faster. They also don't get paid if the yard doesn't meet my OCD criteria.

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