Gardener Salary

Median pay for Gardeners in the United States is around $13.42 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.32 per hour and $24.18. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little less than one-fifth collect dental insurance. Women Gardeners who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of Gardeners claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,792 - $56,221
(Median)
$19K
$35K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,810
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$9.32 - $24.18
(Median)
$9
$13
$24
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,792 - $56,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
Profit Sharing
$162.50  
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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$19,681 - $51,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.32 - $24.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.92  
Overtime
$12.36 - $29.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$162.50  
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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$19,681 - $51,774  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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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.


Gardeners who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $26K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $29K. Gardeners bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. Gardeners with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $40K.

Gardener Advice

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Gardener in Philadelphia:
"Love this Healthy Job."
Most horticulture schools are low on practical skills, like weeding. Soil is the most important part of plant health. The best part about being a gardener is getting exercise as part of my day. Desk jobs are unhealthy. Loving this work will help you to excel.

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Experience Affects Gardener Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$30,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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