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how much do you pay your snowplow drivers.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by monsterport, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. monsterport

    monsterport Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I have 3 plow drivers that have been at my company for 8 years plowing. They have the experience for all my commercial accounts. I currently pay them $9.75 -$10.50 an hour that is with no unemployment. They come back every year and seem happy. I was thinking about giving them a little more. What do you guys/gals think?
  2. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    I would say you have been doing extremely well with paying that amount. Around here I would not get any reliable help for that money. I would say a nice raise should be in order for your guys.
  3. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    $15-24/hr here
  4. monsterport

    monsterport Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Is that $15-24 with unemployment for your employees? I was thinking about maybe $13-14 an hour with no unemployment.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  5. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,598

    :dizzy:payup:salute: 10.50 is below minimum wage up here......
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    we pay at least $15......no unemployment and no guarantee of hours
  7. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I know times are tough every where but you mean to tell me people get out of bed in the worst conditions to work for $9.75. I would be embarrassed to pay that.
  8. monsterport

    monsterport Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    yes, they get out of bed at 1am or when the snow hits. Three of the employees live 25 miles away too. Is it really that bad?
  9. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    Would you do it?
  10. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    That's pretty bad....
  11. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Are these people legal citizens of the USA?
  12. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    They are nuts.......I pay my guy $20........no guarantee of sure......
  13. monsterport

    monsterport Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    don't make much
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  14. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    My thoughts exactly
  15. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,582

    WOW. My guys are getting a pay cut. They make $20 - $30 an hour to drive one of my trucks. I couldn't find help, for wages like that!
  16. dgc

    dgc Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Are guys get 30.00 there own vehicles. 13.00 in ares
  17. motoxguy

    motoxguy Senior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 296

    I don't know what is more of a slap in the face $9.75 an hr. or $30.00 an hr. for someone beating the **** out of there own vehicle for you, but if you get people to work at that rate more power to you. In our area I've found it pretty hard to find good experienced people that are willing to get out of bed at what ever time and that are efficient unless they are getting $20.00/hr and if running their own truck 60 - 65 per hr. debating on blade size.
  18. proscaper

    proscaper Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    truck driver get $20, equipment operaters get $20-$25, even our newbie shovelers make $15
  19. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

    Sidewalk/shovlers - $15-$18 per hour

    Drivers - $20-$30

    1 driver makes $35 and runs the show when myself or my OM aren't around

    My operations manager is salary, but if we have over 10 events I throw more money in with his bonus.
  20. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    My shovelers make at least $15 an hour. I pay operators $20+ an hour.