Your rate will depend on your equipment, your experience/efficiency and your area. My rates start at $45/hr and go up from there to $75 depending on the type of work it is and what equipment it requires. Someone with a push mower can't expect to be making the same rate as someone with a 60 inch zero turn mower, just as someone with a rake and tarp can't expect to make the same as someone with a full leaf setup. Ultimately it's what you can get. You're hourly pay rates for employees are close to where I am, but good luck finding someone who will actually work for $10/hr. The bottom is around $12/hr for laborers. Minimum wage is $8.25/hr where I am.