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What do I pay my son?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by repo_man62, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. repo_man62

    repo_man62 Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    I have a 22 yr. old son who has never plowed before. After I get him trained...what do you think is a fair hourly rate to pay him to run one of my trucks?
  2. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    I'm anxious to see all the various responses to this myself. I haven't done as much plowing in the last two years as in years prior. I'll start with my limited experience of being hired, contracting more driveways than commercial as my own operation, and not having hired.
    Assuming he trains well, is teacheable and competent, trustworthy, etc.;
    from $15.00.hr to 33% of trucks gross to start. 33% of each job if priced per drive.
    Adjust accordingly as you are able to watch his work, field any complaints, see how well he maintains or abuses the equipment, etc.
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    I would say $12-15 and hour is fair.

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    $10-$12 you have to remember that all hes doing is sitting in a truck!!!!!!!1 :waving:
  5. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Why is this different then paying any other 'virgin' employee? Didn't we already have a thread about that about 3 weeks ago? (Possibly the brand-Y board).

    You know, the discussion where I was being called cheap and insulting for suggesting to start a 20 yr old at $12.50.....?


    Doesn't seem so far out of the ballpark here, does it?

  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Pay him the same you would pay any other employee with that amount of experience. Otherwise you're asking for trouble down the road.
  7. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus Member
    Messages: 71

    come on now hes your kid....think of how much money hes gonna be making for you....pay him atleast 15.....hell, pay him 20, but if he has any incidents tell him its going right back down to 15.....
  8. Chris-R

    Chris-R Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I wouldn't pay him any different than any other green employee. If he does well, then he can take on more responsibility over time. My father was a large business owner. I started out banging nails, pouring concrete, etc. for him at age 16. It's 3 decades later and I'm the owner. I'm sooo happy that he didn't cut me too many breaks. I learned the business from the ground up and also learned all about the value of a dollar.
  9. Makndust

    Makndust Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    My 15 yr old is going to learn how to run the shovel and the sand truck this year. He doesn't know it yet, (he he). I'm going to pay him 15.00 hour to sand and 20.00 hr to shovel IF HE DOES A GOOD JOB. If he doesn't, he won't get paid and he knows it. Both of my boys know that I don't stand for a half assed job when it comes to my business. He'll do just fine after a little fine tuning.