How often do you give employee raises?



My employees are on my back about giving them a raise. We usually have employee evaluations once a year and those that have stuck with it and deserve a raise get one. The crew wants to change these evaluations to every six months. I want to keep my crew happy but I don't know how long I can keep up with a raise every six months. How often do you give raises and what do you base it on?
Six month's sounds fair. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, rent prices are always going up about that same 6 months if you don't have a year lease. Just don't give them the full yearly raise. Let use the amount of $1.At 6 months, give .50 then at the next six months, give them the other .50.

Why are the workers asking for evulation at 6 months instead of yearly?? Are prices in that area going crazy like it is in my area. ($1500 for a single bedroom apt.)If you agree to the 6 month cycle, the raises should be smaller too. It all balances out this way.


LawnSite Senior Member
i am not sure how much to pay my emplyees, I know this is going to ne different for every city but are you paying on a salary or hourly. I live in the st. louis area and was just kinda wondering what is the starting pay,a dn then how much should i be paying someone to run my crew while i am at college?
From what I have read in the past on this subject, people start their employee's in the range of 8 to 10 range. I know most of the big lawn maintenance contractors start people with no experience at $9.10 and hour. Even if you decide to pay by sallery, I would use what you pay hourly for your sallery. Using the above number, comes out to $72.80 a day.

I work a total day of 9 1/2 hours a day. I give a 15 min break in morning and afternoon and an hour lunch.

I think a good way to figure hourly vs sallery is this. If you work a full 8 hr day at least 95% of the time, pay a sallery. If you don't, pay hourly. I know at least in Califonia, Their are certain definitions you have to meet in order to pay a sallery wage. May want to check with your local state tax board.Hope this helps.:)


LawnSite Member
i pay my helper 9.00an hour
my buddyis a crew sup. he makes 500.00 a week
tues. thru sat.
another budddy pays his help 400.00/250.00 a week.
this is in the central fl. area.

Kent Lawns

LawnSite Senior Member
You can't legally pay an employee salary unless they are a manager. They need to have 2 or more subordinates.

But hey, that's legal stuff, lawn guys tend to be selective about complying with laws.