Pay Rate for newbie helpers

Discussion in 'Employment' started by cutman2000, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    How much(do you all think) is a good starting pay for employees that has never used a string trimmer or edger? Here minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. I generally give raises in 30 days and 90 days. But what would you all think would be the lowest you would consider paying a novice(male or female) to mow for you?
  2. Jake the grass guy

    Jake the grass guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    i just hired a cousin he new how to trim but needed help on his technique, spilled fuel, used way too much string, and had to go over some of his work. I started him at 9$/hour and i felt like that was fair. We cut for 11 hours so 100$. it was a long day and hard work he will get better and with experience and less of a hastle for me the more he will make.
  3. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    How long do you think you'll keep him at that rate? Do you intend to raise that rate or remain there?
  4. LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,353

    If they are adults minimum of $12
    As an adult they probably have some bills to. If their wage won't support them why would they work for you?
  5. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    I would guess that the region would have something to do with coming up with this number. So I wouldn't think there could be one definite rate across the board. And we are talking about newbies, in training.
  6. LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,353

    What region are you in?
    And at $7.25 per hr a newbie is not going to have much incentive to kick it in gear. At best they will be a warm body. But at $12 starting wage or more they just might want to learn and become a valuable employee.
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  7. LawnVeteran

    LawnVeteran LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    $9.50 until they show signs of improvement. Don’t give raises based on time. For hands, give it based on quality and skill.
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  8. LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,353

    If your a solo op how do you assume $9.50 is a good starting wage ?
  9. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,196

    Why would I not work at Walmart or a grocery store for 7.25-9.00 an hour
    Some place that has benefits in addition to the wage and is less difficult work with year round employment?

    Because I’m too dumb to realize that’s a better offer?
    So you basically want to hire dumber people and then complain about how you can’t find anyone any good?

    Anyone worth paying a wage to , trained or novice would laugh at $9/hr for this work .... and rightly so.
  10. LawnVeteran

    LawnVeteran LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I personally would never hire someone inexperienced to help me but other companies around here pay around $8.00 for new inexperienced hands.

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