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What are average hourly rates?

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Michael Smiley, Dec 5, 2019.

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    Michael Smiley

    Michael Smiley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    What cities do you service? What are you expenses per hour?
     
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  2. Gus McGee

    Gus McGee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    A number of cities in southeastern PA.

    Varies depending on the employee's hourly pay rate, but wage expense + mowing overheard is in the ballpark of 35 per hour. I am sure it varies by company, but for residential mowing we typically make around 100 dollar of profit per employee per day.
     
  3. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 20,566

    Gross profit?
     
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  4. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Messages: 2,327

    For grounds maintenance, most guys out my way are charging $30 - $40 per man-hour. The Atlanta Metro is lowball city. I charge closer to $45 - $50.
     
  5. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 962

    That's what I wondered. That sounds waaaaay high!
     
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  6. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 7,712

    Really? What's the point of having employees if they can't generate profit. At $100 per day that's breaks down to $12.50 per hour. Charging $60 per still leaves a nice chunk of meat on the bones for overhead and labor. What am I missing???
     
  7. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 20,566

    It did to me also. Based on the poster's comments I was expecting something closer to $100 per day for the crew. Could be way wrong though.
     
  8. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 20,566

    We think the poster was saying he makes $100 per employee per day mowing. This is in the context of also posting that mowing isn't profitable.
     
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  9. Gus McGee

    Gus McGee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Net, our crews also work 10-12 hour days. Though without very efficient routes or a productive crew that net profit can quickly evaporate.

    What makes mowing more profitable is volume and 100% utilization of equipment. Our trucks and equipment run 7 days a week. Higher utilization drops overhead substantially.

    On a 10+ hour day I do not consider a net profit of around $8 - $10 per employee per hour much money. Maybe it is a matter of perspective.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2019
  10. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 20,566

    Thanks. So, if I am reading correctly a 3 man crew would net $300 per day? Sounds pretty good for mowing.
     
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