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Worker Pay

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Brant'sLawnCare, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    Hey, just wondering. What do you pay your plow drivers, that drive your truck. I pay mine $15/hr, but I'm giving him a raise to $18/hr. Does this sound low or high? Thanks.
  2. camconcrete

    camconcrete Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    That seems more than fair to me. As long as they are decent operators and don't tear everything up they touch
  3. jgoetter1

    jgoetter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I pay my most experienced guy $25/hr to operate one of my trucks. I offer him a end of the season bonus if he avoids any damage.
  4. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    He does a great job. And he is a good worker. I just want to be fair to both of us. Money has been tight lately, that's why I'm wondering.
  5. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I am at 18 an hour for my best guy w/ bonus at end of season as well. New guys start at 10, and proven guys average 15.
  6. jkrak

    jkrak Junior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 26

    I agree, 15 is a good wage. If he is reliable, fast and safe- keep him happy.
  7. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    Yeah he is, and he knows the route, and is in charge of a few employees. It's going to be his last year working for me though. He's going to college next year. I'm gonna miss him.
  8. sk187

    sk187 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    We around around 16 a hour but there are only 3 people that are not company owners or sub contracted trucks.
  9. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    my head guy is raking in $21.00 / hour. but, he's my right hand man and heads his own 6 man crew, so that's why i pay him a little more. the rest of my plow guys range from 14.00 to 19.00 depending on responsibility, dependability and capability.
  10. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    $20-$32/hour......plus a weekly standby for 20 weeks.

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    He11 Dave I'll come work for you for $32/hr. I pay $15
  12. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    $15/hour here. $40 if they use their own equip.
  13. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    Weekly stand by ????
  14. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    Well it sounds like I am about average then. I just wanted to check and make sure I was being fair to both parties.
  15. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    Brant, since we're all working in the same area (s/e WI) I would assume pay should be similar. Joe's rate is close to what alot of guys pay good drivers in Milwaukee. I'm at $20 for everyone including shovel crews. Face it, if you bang my truck up and hit things. I don't want you.

    Now, for $32 hr. plus stand by pay; I just might head up by "JD Dave".
  16. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,220

    I get 65/hr for my trucks and 20/hr for operating his equiptment. i also work for this guy all sumer too so.
  17. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Stand By. I get what it is, but what do you base it on? Is it just enough to keep them on, or is it enough for them make a living at? I'm not looking for numbers. Just your train of thought.
  18. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    I'm a sub myself, but I pay my subs anywhere from $45-55 depending on truck and blade. My guys make $20-25 cash to sit in my trucks. I make good money with the trucks, why chinse on paying good help that deserves it. My 1 guy is going to be moving into one of my Dmaxes with a V. He's going to jump to $25 as soon as he does.
  19. Shop's Lawn

    Shop's Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    My top guy makes 20/hour and the lowest makes 10.50/hour. Would say average for my guys are 14=16 per hour.
  20. cod8825

    cod8825 Member
    Messages: 91

    Seriously wth!

    You pay a guy who might be out in the cold for 20 to 30 hours straight $15 to drive a truck. You pay a guy who is using his own truck $40 an hour are you guys scamming or something. We get anywhere from $65 to $95 an hour for a truck, $110 an hour for bobcat work. We start everybody off at $18 plus 20 with some experience and $25 to $30 for good experience. Holy crap you guys are cheap.