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Minimum wage question

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by mowmasteruk, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. mowmasteruk

    mowmasteruk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    As a visitor to Lawnsite from Great Britain, can someone tell me what is the legal minimum wage in the U.S.? Here it's £5.05 per hour, that's around $8.80.
  2. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Federal is $5.25 . Local may vary from state to state.
  3. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    it's $5 something in jersey. but, amazingly, it was over $8 an hr in california
  4. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    here in mass minimum is 6.75...i think its the same for new hampshire but i'm not entirely sure
  5. jimmbo407

    jimmbo407 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Can ask why you want to know, and does anyone out there pay just minimum wage? I am going to have to hire an employee for the first time. I think I am going to hire my cousin, kind of nervous about that. I am going to pay him $10.00/hour. Start time is going to be when we leave my house, quite time when we return.
  6. In NY it's $6/ hour, but will go up to $7 in January.
  7. mowmasteruk

    mowmasteruk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    I am just interested to see how our minimum wage compares with yours; the average rates for mowing seem to be just a little more than we charge in Britain and it seems as if your statutory minimum wage is rather less than here. Given that your petrol [gas] prices are way below ours (because our government adds 67% tax to the actual prices) it is likely that your profit margins are greater.
    We don't pay the minimum wage, my company's mowing crews get £5.60 per hour (that's about $9.80) and skilled gardeners with a minimum qualification are paid £6.02 (about $10.53). We have trouble getting good people at these rates.
    We are in a highly competitive market here and my company's profit margins are as low as 5%.

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