what do you pay your lead guy????

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by gmlm, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. gmlm

    gmlm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    i employ 3 guys in my little landscaping business. my lead guy is 23 years old and has been with me for almost 3 years. he can do what needs to be done considering lawn maintenance and planting. he also has gotten quite good at building walls, and patios. he has gotten quite good at cutting pavers. at this point right now. he has asked for a raise this year and i was curious what you all pay your guy in this position or what you think he should be paid. thanks for any input.
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,049

    Tell us what you pay him so we can comment :waving:
  3. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Messages: 828

    If some one is that good you'll have to pay them well to keep them around.

    If they feel they are being taken advantage of they'll be gone.

    From what it sounds like I would say that he should be in the $15 to $18 range.
    Let him know that advancement is there should he continue to be a productive worker.
  4. gmlm

    gmlm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    At this point I pay him salary of 450.00 a week. He makes out in th winter time, but def works 40 plus spring summer and fall. He has a pretty clean driving record and has been driving one of my trucks as of last year.
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  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,049

    I can't tell you you his under paid if he's a crew leader:waving:
    If he wants a raise work with him.
    I know from state to state pay is different .
    I guy like that up here wants $850 to $900 week take home.
  6. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,250

    In your area I would say $550 or so considering he gets a truck also.
  7. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,765

    I use to pay $19.50 for a guy who could run everything. That was before the economy took a dump, would be less now for sure. More in the $15 range now. Every market is different mind you.
  8. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    Is he a crew leader or a supervisor?

    I'd say $650 per week, company truck, company phone if he's a supervisor
  10. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    My lead guy is my son :laugh: He only makes $13/hour. I would as a leader of either your crew, or entire operation(supervisor role) look to make about $600 a week if not more, but $450 seems a little low for your best man.

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