Labor Rates ?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by White Gardens, May 4, 2008.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    So I was curious what everyone is charging for labor. Around here I can get away with 35-45 an hour on residential accounts, and up to 65-70 on commercial accounts.

    I push any farther than that and I start to out-bid jobs.
  2. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    35 to 45 on commercial, residential 65 to 100
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    In most cases my per man labor rates are never disclosed although their are somewhat rare exceptions to this.
  4. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    same, I never disclose what my labor rates are.

    labor rates are going to change from one part of the country to another. In this state they can change from one part of the state to another.

    Another thing to remember with asking a question like this, is that many people won't give you a rate because when two of more people agree to prices for a particular service in a particular area, that's something called Price fixing--which is illegal.
  5. KanAg

    KanAg LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 18

    It is very different for different projects but on average $40 residential and $30 commercial.
  6. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Residential 50.00. Commercial is lower depending on how many guys we can put on the job.
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Just about every residential customer I get always asks for my labor rate. The market here is pretty competative, so I let them know. I just "feel" them out and gauge what I should tell them.

    I have one customer that used to work for a landscaping firm, couldn't slide that one by her without telling her.:nono:

    Thanks for the input, I'm surprised by the answers.

    Generally I try to bid jobs to stay within market value, or a reasonble total cost for the project.

    I don't know if it's the blue collar area I live in, but it seems we can get away with larger commercial rates.
  8. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    I'm somewhere between $30-55/hr, but end up making more when I quote a flat price for a job, rather than an hourly rate. But whatever works best for you.

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