Whats the going pay scale for 2006

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Ferrante's Lawn Service, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Ferrante's Lawn Service

    Ferrante's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 31

    Just want to see what you guys are offering your employee's this season.
  2. MMEC

    MMEC LawnSite Member
    from East
    Messages: 36

    I had a worker at 17.5hr. Keep in mind that we only work 7.5 months a year. But he was banking near a G a week with OT. And is currently on unemployment. I am going to offer him salary. What do you guys think is fair and reasonable?
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    laborer/mowing crew gets $17.50 an hour, crew formen gets $22.50
  4. MMEC

    MMEC LawnSite Member
    from East
    Messages: 36

    What do you guys think is fair and reasonable for his year round salary?
  5. John from OH

    John from OH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    Before you put him on salary, be aware that are very strict guidelines as to who can be paid a salary. Please check with an attorney well versed in labor law. As I recall, someone on salary has to be in a supervisory position and most jobs in the green industry do not qualify. There used to be a loop hole called the Flucuating Work Week or something similar. You paid a base salary and then paid overtime on any hours over 40 per week. The overtime was at 50% of the base rate instead of time an a half. It was assumed that that the salary base cover the hourly rate so only overtime (50%) was paid in addition. You also have to make sure that in a high overtime week, at least minimum wage was paid for all hours worked before overtime. (for example, salary was $400 per week, 80 hours worked, that's only $5 per hour and would not meet the criteria) Again, salary sounds like an easy way to go, but, the government doesn't always agree. You would not want to pay this person on salary for a few years and then find out you owe overtime and back taxes because he did not qualify.
  6. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    DAMN some guys on here would be better off working as one of your foremans at $22.50 an hour.
  7. MMEC

    MMEC LawnSite Member
    from East
    Messages: 36

    Thanks for the info I appreciate it.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    LOL, some have even said that J :laugh:
  9. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    Wow, thats a lot of money for a crew member. My first mowing job working for someone else about 60 hours a week I was bringing hom 500. I would have gladly accepted 17.50 an hour.
  10. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    If I was to hire someone again, i would start at $8/Hr. Depending on experience up to $11/Hr

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