Gardener Salary

Gardeners in the United States can expect wages of $12.97 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.14 per hour, and the top verges on $24.26. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and about one in five earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Gardeners who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$18,501 - $56,425

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$9.14 - $24.26

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,501 - $56,425  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,946  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,254 - $52,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $24.26  
   
Overtime
$12.25 - $29.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,946  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,254 - $52,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 311
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Job Description for Gardener

A gardener generally works as a professional contractor or under direct employment by a facility with large landscaping resources and needs. This person generally tends to the upkeep and care of the landscape design on an ongoing basis. Typically, a gardener doesn’t build or create, but rather helps maintain the current landscape design and environment. The gardener is likely expected to attend to the upkeep of the grounds under his or her care. This not only includes regular mowing, but also setting up proper watering schedules, trimming, weed care, and fertilizing. Additionally, the gardener cares for all flowering plants in the landscape design, assessing any environmental difficulties observed and acting proactively to treat them. During appropriate seasons, the gardener is responsible for removing leaves, adding mulch, and doing any additional planting. As it becomes necessary, the gardener should make recommendations for improving or enhancing the design as he or she sees fit.

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Gardener Tasks

  • Remove snow, debris, litter, and unsightly materials.
  • Operate vehicles like trucks, mowers, tractors and chainsaws to mow grass, prune, and care for soil.
  • Care for plantings by mulching, aerating, weeding, trimming, and applying fertilizers and insecticide.
  • Oversee and improve outdoor areas, including grass, shrubbery, trees, and plantings.
  • Maintain equipment and tools.

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Pay by Experience Level for Gardener

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $25K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $28K. On average, Gardeners make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $36K.

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Experience Affects Gardener Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 72%
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