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Maryland hourly rate question ?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by capetan, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    Is $75 an hour for me and a helper to much .....
    I am a legal business, pay taxes, insurances, etc....
    would you guys say iam low, middle, or high with this rate
    i work in Maryland, in Baltimore and Howard county
  2. zMaster225

    zMaster225 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Definitely not too much. Depends on what kind of work you are doing though.
  3. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,272

    Doesnt matter what anyone on here says. It matters that you are recovering your overhead, and direct expenses. If you can do that at $35.00 an hour thats great, you will have a heads up on a lot of your competition, if its $75.00 and hour then you may have to get out and bid more work to make the numbers work. Its all up to your overhead and direct costs.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I'm finding out more and more that I'm just giving a final price on labor in most of my estimates/bids. I just did a job that I got 125 an hour labor only because I was trying to keep the job within market value and wanted to keep the final cost close to my bid.

    Can I get that on just general maintenece?? I seriously doubt it. I usually try to keep it around 40 - 45 for maintence.

    If your way more efficient than you competitors too, then you have to take that in account. If it takes one company X amount of hours, and you do the same job in half the time, then should you charge less. No Way.

    It's all in the job, pricing, market value, cost of living, overhead, ect. I'm sure in the Baltimore area, your cost of living alone is high.
  5. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    with 2 of us I get at least 70/hr
    3 of us I aim for around 100/hr

    how much overhead do you have??? make sure you put money in your pocket! If your customers are loyal to you, they will pay what ever you charge as long as you do a kick ass job.
  6. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I was getting $65-75 for the first guy and $55 for each addtion guy when I still had crews. Went back to parttime solo.
  7. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 839

    He's right. Are you paying taxes. Social Security etc. 1099 or paying them straight up (under the table)

    If you can do the job pay your employees and cover expenses+profit. You'll be ok.

    I have minimums on certain jobs. But with this economy I have learned to be creative and FLEXABLE.:dancing:
  8. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    Im from w. md. Cumberland area. Thats a little high for here but your probably low to average for your area. If i could get 75 i would take it.
  9. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    the reason i ask, i am solo for about 50% of the time, and if i get busy i can get another landscaper to help me.... with me and my helper i dont think i could make a living if i charged below $75 for both of us, will i be losing a lot of jobs/bids at this rate or i am i way to low and could charge more, if this price is to high i might have to rethink my profession or just do this part time
  10. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    75 will work if you can bill out 2000 hrs a year. You should also try to do proposals for most of your jobs. Example tell the client you can do the job for 900.00. You finish the job in 6.5 hrs and go to a small job for about 200.00. Now in one day you did 1100.00 which works out to be over 100/hr for a 9-10hr day. Only work by the hour when you have too.

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