what do you pay your lead guy????

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

  1. scott martoccia

    scott martoccia LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    We pay lawn maint foreman $17.90 + 1.5* OT over 40.
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  2. Rick Grantham

    Rick Grantham LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Agreed. Seems like its time for your lead man to get a raise.

  3. CLS_Birmingham

    CLS_Birmingham LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    So what does everyone pay their bottom guys starting out?
  4. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    10/hr until I can see what kind of work they're capable of. My current guy makes 11/hr, but I think I'll bump him up to $12 this year. He's dependable, doesn't drink or smoke, and is really good with a line trimmer. Though, I think that's about maxing out pay for a edging/trim man until he learns more about plants and knows how to run a mower.
  5. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,617

    I'm surprised he is still around at 450 a week. I sold my company and worked for someone as their lead guy but my take home was about 450. A little bonus here and there. Used my personal truck for work, towed a dump trailer and everything to job sites.

    I lasted about 3 months before I realized I was being taken advantage of. Working 60+ hours every week, and sometimes more when I put in a Saturday.

    I think if I was taking home 600 to 650 plus I would feel comfortable working 50+ hours every week. 550 if I was given a nice truck and phone.
  6. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,718

    It seems like alot of lawn and landscape companies pay salarys. Alot of guys will get screwed after working more than 40 or 50 hrs aweek. If I was the employee id rather know my wage and try to pound the long hour work weeks. I been on both sides and know what its nice to get paid what your worth if it's possible for the owner to pay it.
  7. greenturfde

    greenturfde LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Seems to me... if you have the proper systems in place you can save quite a bit on labor cost. IMHO
  8. neighborguy

    neighborguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    The only reason salary made sense to me in the past was the pay checks continued throught the winter with incentives for snow removal. If I was only taking home $450 a week during the season, way too low.
  9. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Messages: 828

    I've been starting at $10 for every one.

    How ever I plan on changing that to $8 or $9 for the first month for training and then jumping to $10.

    I always seem to attract employees that think because they breath they are entitled.
    No gratitude for a job at all.

    I am not asking that they KMA but expecting them to show via actions some gratitude is not out of line, I don't think.

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