I have paid up to $12 per hour and it is still difficult to hire and retain quality people because eventually they all get lazy. This year I plan to pay 50% of the gross to my workers as labor cost. I will furnish the equipment and the gas. If a property pays $30 to mow, the worker gets $15. If it takes him one hour to do it alone, he makes $15 per hour, not counting his driving time. Has anyone else tried this?