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what should i be getting paid

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by snowplower1, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    I work for my dad who has owned the landscaping company for almost 40 years and i am planning to take it over in the next five years but i was just curious as to what you guys think i should be getting paid. Here is what i do
    In landscaping-
    I make the routes every week for all the work that has to get done
    I hire the amount of guys we need for the year
    I have my own crew im in charge of for mowing
    I make letters and send them out to businesses for landscaping and mowing then call them to ask if they want a bid then i go bid them and he does too

    In plowing-
    I make all the guys' routes
    I make sure everyone is out and have started plowing when they are supposed to
    I make sure everyone is running on time
    I plow along with everyone
    I am the one who goes out earliest to tell whether or not we need to go out and plow
    I salt everything
    I send out letters for plowing too and call for bidding and do some bidding

    Thanks for sharing what you think in advance
  2. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 594

    How big of a crew, business? How many crews landsdcaping and how many trucks plowing?
  3. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Running 2 landscaping crews for now but we have plans to be getting more crews as we have been adding so much work and it is getting hard to do all of it. My Crew is a three man crew the other is a two man crew and for plowing we will be running 5 plow trucks and that is off of what we expect to have but could get to more depending on how many new bids we win this year
  4. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    How long have you been doing this job?
  5. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Its what ever your father /boss going pay you if don't like it Go flip burgers

    How much are you getting paid now
  6. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    How much do you feel you should be getting paid? If you feel your not getting paid for what your doing then go talk to your dad. Taking over the business in the next five years is one heck of a raise.
  7. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    I'm not complaining about anything. I'm simply asking what you guys would pay somebody to do that. I make enough for myself, and have no issues in just curious
  8. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,123

    If you are going to be taking the business over in 5 years and are now getting paid enough to live, it's all good. As an owner you will find that you will work 2-3x harder and longer for less. When you run it/own it, you can pay yourself whatever you like.
  9. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    I understand all that but I still am wondering what other people pay someone to do this kind of stuff
  10. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    20 an hour starting
  11. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Thank you whiffyspark
  12. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,923

    If your really wondering......Put your resume together and go shop your services to other companys....You will see what they are willing to pay you...
  13. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 594

    17-27 from what I have seen from some people I know in the business
  14. Mega cab

    Mega cab Member
    Messages: 56

    In the summer how many days a week do you work? How Many hours do you average a week? How much time off do you get? And when you take time off does some fill in or do you do double work when you get back? Also do you get a take home truck and who pays for gas if you do? Most of these should be answered to give a fair guess.
  15. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    We almost always work 5 days a week. In spring we average around 50 hours and then when summer is in full swing is between 30 and 40 depending on how much raining we are getting I usually take off one week a year and that the family vacation so for that week I have my crew out just doing a 2 man crew. I do have a business truck but I pay for the gas I use outside of work.
  16. Mega cab

    Mega cab Member
    Messages: 56

    $38 k to $45k range give or take a little! Would be around here. Maybe little extra if you plowed above average snow and you worked crazy winter hrs.
  17. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    So you're more or less an operations manager from what I take it. I'm with Mega cab, 38-45K a year, and probably salary, not hourly with overtime being paid if you're over production percentages.
  18. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I would think you work less hours then most landscape companies do. Having a company truck to take home is a big bonus too. No insurance, maintenance or repairs. When you say there are 5 trucks plowing counting yours do you have a full route or are you there to help the other 4 trucks.

    I would think 45K would be at the top of the pay scale.
  19. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    I agree with cet, 30 to 40 hours a week is not many and 45 is tops for what you do. A company truck is worth around $600 to $800 hundred a month with fuel and ins depending on the truck. If you intend to take over 60 hours a week should be where you need to be but that's just my opinion.
  20. Mega cab

    Mega cab Member
    Messages: 56

    I did mean salary also! Like John Deere said in a management position.