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Workers Pay

River Hill

LawnSite Member
If I pay an employee $15.00 per hour, what would you guess the actual expense to me would be? I know if varies by employer, but I am trying to get a estimate. This should include workers comp., social security, unemployment insurance, and any other required cost.


LawnSite Member
Pittsburgh, PA
Well, I hope you are getting alot from the employee getting $15 per hour. I would suggest that a safe cost estimate would be about 21% of the hourly wage. This should cover your comp and regular taxes. This also assumes that your comp rate is lawn maintenance and doesn't include pesticides or possibly tree removal. Hope this helps