We are located in Portland, Oregon, area. This spring, I plan to move from a single-handed specialist to step one of hiring an employee for the first time. To date, I've been fine with temps, having them dig my holes and move materials. But I'm ready to get an employee to assit me, but it will need to be a part time position. The temp service runs about $14 per hour, with $7 of that going directly to the employee. The $14 also covers workmans comp. I'm taking a wild guess that $14 per hour would provide about $10 directly to an employee, with the rest going to withholdings. My main question: What is a fair wage to offer to someone to do landscape work? It will be part time and seasonal, maybe a hort student or someone with experience. I need someone that can plant and and do various things even if I need to leave the site for a few hours, maybe even oversee a temp worker spreading mulch or moving debris. This is not lawn maintenance - it will be involvement with landscape improvements and pruning related work. It won't be highly skilled, but I'm not looking to train someone from ground zero either. Its been years since I was an employee - what is a proper or expected wage in the field?