Gardener Salary (United States)

Gardeners in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.02 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.42 per hour to $25.01. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; around one third claim both medical and dental insurance and 14 percent get vision coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Gardeners making up 50 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Gardener Salary (?
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$18,581 - $53,824
(Median)
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54K
MEDIAN: $34,624
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Gardener Salary (?
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$9.42 - $25.01
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,581 - $53,824  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$19,473 - $52,829  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.42 - $25.01  
   
Overtime
$11.88 - $31.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
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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$19,473 - $52,829  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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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.
For many but not all Gardeners, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Though starting salaries approximate $25K, they climb to $30K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $34K. Even after two decades, Gardeners continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $39,737. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Seattle
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National Average
$30,000
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Surpassing the national average by 47 percent, Gardeners in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Gardeners will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+2 percent).

Experience Affects Gardener Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 64%
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