How much to pay a part time employee?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hartmas, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. hartmas

    hartmas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I am getting big enough that I need a part time employee to help me with my mowing. How much should I pay them? I can't offer any benefits, just money. Do you think I could get someone reliable? Thanks.
  2. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    depends on the quality of the worker. I have a guy I use sometimes, I pay him $10 an hour, but he's good. I've seen some guys i'd pay to get the hell away from my equipment.
  3. hartmas

    hartmas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    thanks! I appreciate the suggestion.
  4. The Dude

    The Dude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    If you are looking for just part time help, why not pick up a mexican on the corner and pay him in cash? j/k :p
  5. metiernan

    metiernan LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 74

    I wish I could find a mexican to help me but if you hire one it seems like you might as well hire ten more. When I started last year with my first employee, he was a freshman in college and I started paying him $8 an hour. He did alright last year and this year I will pay him $9 an hour. He is happy considering he works at McDonalds for $7 an hour and I have an Exmark for him to drive.
  6. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,254

    I pay 10 per hour for all of my guys that don't have CDL and or can operate the truck. This way I get reliable people and it forces me to be a little more picky. You get what you pay for IMO.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Hourly pay is going to change from region to region. Here in the Northeast, I would think $10 an hour would be minimum.
  8. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    $10 here would be a good amount if they know what they are doing

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