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stick9

LawnSite Senior Member
What is the average pay for someone with ZERO experience coming into this field? How about someone with, say, 2-3 years experience? and up? I'm not refering to starting a new business, I'm inquiring about hiring some help.


STICK-NINe

It seems like I've been on Lawnsite ALLLLLLLLLLLLL day today!



[Edited by stick9 on 10-01-2000 at 06:06 AM]
 

Lazer

LawnSite Bronze Member
Seeing the cost of living in NY city is TWICE that in Des Moines, it may be a little tricky to nail down a number.

We pay about:

$9 to start, $10 after 90 days.
$12 with experience
$14 for experienced foremen.
 

jaclawn

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
South West PA
We are in the same ballpark as Lazer. A lot of it depends on your local job market.

Personally, I feel that a foreman should be more than that, but it gets hard to pay those rates.
 
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stick9

stick9

LawnSite Senior Member
Hey Jaclawn ..

I know what yer saying .. I mean, if your charging 22-25 bux a lawn, how could you possibly pay more then 15-16 or even 17 bux an hour? You'd go out of business depending on how many lawns you could cut in that hour.


STIck-ninE
 

Five Star Lawn Care LLC

LawnSite Bronze Member
im in livonia,

No experience=$8/hour
2 years experience=$12/hour
Foremen=$15-20 depending on skill and resposiblity givin to them
 

jaclawn

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
South West PA
Stick9 You have to be charging more than $22-$25 per lawn.

My thoughts on FOremen. They should be incharge of a crew of laborers. They should be responsible for running all field aspects of the job, including: Truck loading, Truck inspection, mower inspection, maintining crew supplies, recording employee time, recording job time, staying on schedule/modifying the schedule, basic customer interaction, interpert and act on customer requests/concerns(within reason), report to his surervisor...

WIth a good foreman, you should only have to worry about the business aspect of things, billing, quoting, running the business.

A foreman that can do all that, and still be a productive field worker, deserves a nice paycheck.
 
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