I'm in a different market. I will tell you what I do know. I'd bet if you owned a property that was one acre in your market and you got 10 different bids for plowing only, they would range from $50-$200+ per push. What does that tell you?
It tells ME that price is not a selling point for MY customers. If I tell you to charge $100 an hour based on per push pricing, you will likely talk to a few customers and decide that was WAY too high. Low pricing will get you lots of work, guaranteed. Just make sure you aren't doing "public service work" by the time your expenses are FULLY accounted for.
If 8/10 customers think your pricing is too high, do you just cave to their pressure; or do you talk to 100 customers and gain 20 accounts? The first 8 will lay down for you if you are willing to work for peanuts. The choice is yours. Good luck!
I too am in a different market west of you. Rates out here are about $60 to $85 an hour. I have some lots on the high end and some at the low. I'm not the cheapest and don't want to be. But I'm busy enough. From what I've been told rates in the city are comparable to %15 higher. My minimum stays high ($35) cause I don't like small driveways. Just me.
Dsean94 - I would have to say that commercial work in this area ranges from $100- 150 an hour. I am at the higher end of the spectrum at $150.00. There is a lot of competition out there, but I feel there is more than enough work to go around.
As far a residential plowing goes, I average $34.50 per plow on a typical driveway. I average $310.00 for the season on a standard yearly snowplowing contract.