How much income should a two man employee only crew bring in in a day mowing?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by jasonnau, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    Ok I got to call BS on this. Do you really expect anyone that has been in business for a few years to believe that each of your two employees average $89/per man hr. Holy crap, the national average is around $44/per man hr. You make twice that. Your company must be twice a special. Wow, you have to share your business model. The whole green industry is waiting to take notes.
  2. prezek

    prezek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    2 guys at 850 for 9 hours??? Check your math. $47. Right in line with most others...
  3. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,199

    Opps, I was in such awe of the solo opps out there doing $600/per day that I forgot that this was a two man crew. I agree $47/man hr is very doable out East with good accounts and routing. Now to tell a newbie this is what he can expect with his account list just starting is not realistic.
  4. Ex Mark Loyal Customer?

    Ex Mark Loyal Customer? LawnSite Member
    Male, from Southfield
    Messages: 2

    I don't understand where you are getting guys to work for $10-11 an hr that are hard working and worth having. My employee hrly rate is 12-18 hr
  5. Chris Feenan

    Chris Feenan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Maybe part of it has to do with the fact that this thread started 2 1/2 years ago.

    But it's a good read anyway - thanks for recycling it.

    BTW, you don't need to pay lawn mowing laborers 12 - 18 dollars per hour, do you ? Or are you just a really nice boss ?

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,668

    i put an ad on Craigslist for a driver/ with lawn mowing experience for $10
    an hour and got over one hundred responses.
    Sure some were bad, but i did hire a couple from the ad.
    that was this past spring
  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,759

    I can't believe 2 man crews working for under $500 per day? One route I can do by myself as a one man crew and gross almost $800 in an 8.5 hour day. This isn't normal but it can be done 1 or 2 days out of a weekly schedule.
  8. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    my lawns are far apart except for a few, most have 20 min breaks from lawn to lawn, I really need to fill in the gaps or find new accounts closer to the lawns I already have even still, myself and another guy can do 850-1000 mowing per day. but i only had 1 full day of mowing, next year increase it to 2 or 3 fully days of mowing. and i have a 40 dollar minimum that i stick to for lawns that are up to 8000sq. ft depending on how open it is and how flat it is and how much trimming there is, doesn't take much to bump that lawn up to a 50 dollar cut. most 40 dollar lawns take about 20 mins usually less time. and I feel that is almost too cheap even. but it always seems that way when you have a small number of accounts like i do.
  9. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    Yes, this year I stayed more picky and increased a few. Between that and picking up more properties in the same area (some even next door) really helped increase our average. I'm right even with the rest of the guys in the Northeast.
  10. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,290

    I learned from the early age of 17 from my first boss what "sun up till sun down"meant. It makes you a man and keeps you fed. If you are married then I understand not working the 13 a day schedule due to family time. I don't have that problem however being single.

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