What is going hourly wage for mowing crew leader in your area?

Discussion in 'Employment' started by green-pa, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
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    Had a guy I started at 16 an hour three years ago which ended at 19 hr last year. Considering going up a bit higher for a replacement and further expansion down the line. Curious as to what you guys post or offer upon new hires for crew leader position. As I’m sure you’re well aware of this position is much harder to fill then a crew help and requires much more responsibility and trustworthiness as they are driving the truck with trailer all day and in charge of quality control and supervision of employees.

    Primarily interested in wages offered for mowing crew leaders not landscaping as I realize landscaping is a much more complicated and varied and it’s responsibilities and talent so of course wages would often be higher there. I am talking about a crew leader for basic lawn maintenance such as mowing and trimming residential yards.
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  2. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My numbers are similar to yours.
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  3. Tara Ann

    Tara Ann LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 744

    Honestly, I've not seen a company, other than our own, hiring for a Crew Leader. We have a job opening for a Maintenance Crew Leader starting at $13-$16/hour. We are fairly rural, however.
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  4. Gus McGee

    Gus McGee LawnSite Member
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    Here in the northeast, typically $16 - 18$ for a decent and experienced mowing crew leader. It is amazing how difficult it is to find people in this industry that actually have experience and valid driver's licenses.
  5. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S.E. New England
    Messages: 19,193

    Imo wages are 10% to 30% low so in the example of op your going to need to be at 19 to 21 to get someone
    what was a 15 dollar position 5 years ago is now a 18 to 21 per hour position
  6. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,657

    I have an ad on Craig'slist advertising for a garden crew leader. DOE up to $20 hr. It’s been up for 24 hrs and only 2 responses. Neither one is qualifyed.
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  7. Raylandscaping

    Raylandscaping LawnSite Member
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    I pay one of my crew leaders $15 per hour and the other $13.50. I feel like I pay more than most of my competitors.
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  8. Koehn's Lawn Service

    Koehn's Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think it all depends on what state and area your in to. I had this conversation with a buddy just today. Most of these guys want the big bucks but they need to prove they are worth that in other words they need to be taking alot of load and stress off the owner and be helping with equipment dumping trucks in evenings or whatever coming in earlier filling mowers sharpening blades checking oil I do know around here 17 to 18 is kinda what i am hearing around here for a guy like that if you can even find them now days
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  9. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    I'd start them on the lower end and give set milestones 1 month, 3 month, performance expectations. Etc.
    I think 19 to 21 is a good rate, depending on location of course. Highly populated areas will command higher salaries.
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  10. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A lot of factors such as year round full time? Health insurance? Vacation/holiday pay? 401k? Or not? I know the city a little north of me just ran a ad for a crew leader in the parks dept. it started $19-21hr 37.5hrs week year round overtime available (mandatory some)with a full benefit package..a general labor mower operator was paying 15-19 with no supervision responsibility.
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