How Much Should You Pay Your Lawn Care Workers and Employees


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Hey, it’s Jonathan. The question is how much do you pay your crews and your employees. I can’t give out specific numbers, video, and I can’t tell you exactly what we pay because too many people watch this, and some stuff we do have to keep private at our company, I can’t disclose anything. I will tell you that we’re in Texas, and depending where you’re at the country, this numbers are going to vary.

You want to take that into consideration. Generally for crews, our numbers are going to range in $8 to $14 an hour range for crews. For lawn mowing crews, the technician that are doing spray and fertilization, we controlling services that’s where anywhere in the 20′s to 40′s, 40,000 per year varies. Management level people. Making anywhere in the 30′s, 50, 60′s and up just depend on who you are and what you contribute.

It’s all over the board, and it’s based on what they bring to the table and what they do. More and more we are shifting away from hourly, and salary pay to pay for performance. I think that you really want to try to strive for that. Pay for performance and bonuses come with a lot of risk and challenges so it’s not. Just because you ever pay for performance program doesn’t guarantee success, for example if you’re not careful and you’re doing paper performance you can really lead to lesser quality to poor quality.

Again that’s why it’s also difficult for me to give you hourly rates because we don’t really, we try to stay away from hourly rates and there’s paid real common in the industry to do pay by the day, but I’d also encourage you when you’re doing that stuff, to be very careful of the overtime loss. If you pay by the day, that does not get you around overtime. If you give a guy a $100, or $120 a day and he’s working more hours than let’s say your minimum publish rate your company 8.25/hr.

If you’re into overtime with the guy you’re at 12, 13 bucks an hour. When you start adding up 40 hours of $8.25 in the next 15 hours that whatever, $14/hr just [inaudible 00:02:32] math. When you add those two numbers together, it is more than the $100, $120 a day you start to get into trouble, if you get in with it. Be very careful with the overtime loss and really watch that stuff.

Pay for performance same thing as true if you’re doing pay for performance same thing as true if you’re doing paper performance and the crews are not making enough money after regular pay, and overtime pay you could get yourself in this trouble. This is a sticky area that’s challenging and it’s not uncommon for our competitors to pay workers $8/hr, $9/hr, $10/hr just depends. It’s not uncommon for them to pay foreman $12, $13, $14 an hour.

It’s not uncommon for Spraytex to make in the 30′s. That’s in our market, I don’t know how useful and helpful that is for you but we tend to pay above average we have very low turnover, and we tend to pay, we tend to take really good care of our guys, and they have the potential to make more money as they do more for the company so long as the quality does not deteriorate.

Feel free to ask more a specific question if you like, and I’ll try to give you as much information as I can. Thanks.


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