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What is the going pay rate for a skid steer operator?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by elitelawnteam1, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. elitelawnteam1

    elitelawnteam1 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    I was a subcontractor plowing for a guy for the first half of this season, making $60/hr. Then my truck started having problems, so I started plowing for him as an employee in his skidsteer (which is open cab btw, and no heat). I thought id be making at least $20-$25/hr but he tells me today I'm getting $15/hr. That doesn't sound right to me. Can someone clue me in on what you guys pay for an employee skid operator?
  2. fozzy

    fozzy Member
    Messages: 90

    Open cab? WTF it's winter! QUIT.
  3. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    from what i know, equipment guys usually get like 30-35 an hour..
  4. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    open cab too, ouch. ive done it, not fun at all..

    I believe our sidewalk guys get paid more than 15 an hour.
  5. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    Around here skid operators get paid anywhere from 30-50 an hour depending on the company. and on top of that in an open cab? I would be asking atleast 40 an hour!
  6. Plow King

    Plow King Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Around here most guys are paying $15-$25 so you're definitely on the low end - this is all enclosed heated cab.
  7. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I'm in Midwest to I pay 12 per hour+benefits since my guy is a employee. Thats what he makes everyday Summer or winter doesn't matter.
    not getting Benefits Then I think my guy would be at 15-18 per hour
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2014
  8. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I know that if 1 of my subs trucks broke down, they would get the thing fixed ASAP! I cant afford to have subs that don't have the ability (or finances) to keep their equipment running.

    Sounds like the guy may be doing you a favor?

    $15/hr does sound low though.
  9. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    Who was running it before? It sounds like he created a job for you if it has an open cab. Cant believe he planned on using that machine all winter like that. 15-20 an hour around here and most closer to 15.
  10. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,008

    If a guy is fast and efficient with the skid, 15-20 per hour around here. Small town.
  11. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 545

    its supply and demand. Sounds like he has people wanting to drive unheated skid steers at $15
  12. yardguy28

    yardguy28 Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    a month ago the largest company in my neck of the woods had an employment add in the paper for $16-$18 per hour. that was for both skid steer operators and plow truck drivers.
  13. mnguy

    mnguy Member
    Messages: 80

    I have two guys running skids, one gets $ 16 the other $ 15 per hour. Both are in nice heated newer skids.
  14. jim5x5

    jim5x5 Member
    Messages: 32

    20-25 an hour around me.
  15. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    27.50 3hr min

    Brand new cats 252b3's
  16. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    These both sound about right.

    Get your truck fixed and problem solved.

    $15/hr sounds low but for someone with experience in a skid I would go $20-$25/hr. Now if it's their own machine that's a different story.
  17. zlssefi

    zlssefi Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I pay my guy 20 an hr. 4 hr min and hes running a 2003 s185 bobcat enclosed with heat.....AND am/fm radio.
  18. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543


    $30 if you have your own truck and pull loader site to site
  19. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    I've done that before, it sucks. It all depends on how much experience you have. But $15 an hour in an open cab is not worth it!
  20. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    He was only paying you $60 to run your own truck, why would you think he'd be fair with you to run his equipment? You are definitely better off finding someone else to work for, $15 an hour to freeze your butt off is not worth it.