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Hourly Rate?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by murraysnow, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. murraysnow

    murraysnow Junior Member
    from morton
    Messages: 20

    Hi guys i just wanted to see what you guys charged by the hour for snow shoveling, because a customer wants to know how much i would charge per hour to shovel some apartment complexs sidewalks i was thinking around $40 to $50 for myself and another guy to do the 4 complexs. thanks guys
  2. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    75 cents per minute per man from time out of truck till time back in the truck.
  3. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    tymusicYup, If your around 40 to 50 bucks an hour you can make money on the walks, otherwise leave em alone. Also I find that when your at that rate some customers that were sitting on the fence will quickly find a alternative option to clear the walks saving you the pain of the job.
  4. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    And if they don't find the alternative option, they won't waste your time by talking to you while you or your guy is out of the truck either.:nod:
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    45 per man hour is a "contractors rate" down here...so your right on if your complex was down here. Subs get around 20 - 25 /hr

    I would do 40 per man hour...
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    $40 per hour here, which seems fair.
    I pay my guys $20 to $25
  7. dannyslawn

    dannyslawn Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    75.00 per hour here in central NJ.
  8. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    why even own a plow truck, just buy a heck of alot of shovels and spanish speaking folks
  9. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Finally, that's more like it.

    Cause if I can charge $100 an hour or often more plowing why in the heck would I waste my time shoveling for $40? I understand there is less overhead pushing snow with a shovel, but I'm not having my truck and plow sit and idle while I'm shoveling a sidewalk for pocket change. The truck and plow are still there, and so am I.
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    But what if you had 10 shovelers worth of work @ 40 per man hour, paying the workers 15/hr to shovel?

    That's $400/hr...$150/hr payed out...leaving you with $250/hr, and your not even touching a shovel...all the while the plow truck is raking in it's hourly charge.

    I love shoveling payup....I just hate doing it.
  11. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Well that sounds good but now you are probably up to 5 trucks to get those guys to their jobsites, and a heck of a lot of insurance and taxes too. That $250 isn't all going into your pocket.
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    I have shovelers in there own vehicles that sign WC waiver's, and pay for there own gas and transportation.

    I make pure bank off of shoveling.
  13. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    All that for $15 an hours? Are they citizens? Are they paying taxes? Something doesn't add up.