Gardener Salary

Gardeners in the United States take home approximately $12.92 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.12 per hour, and the top verges on $24.37. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Gardeners report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Gardeners (54 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and approximately one-fifth earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,473 - $56,673
(Median)
$18K
$34K
$57K
MEDIAN: $34,130
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$9.12 - $24.37
(Median)
$9
$13
$24
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$18,473 - $56,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,952  
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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$19,208 - $52,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.12 - $24.37  
   
Overtime
$12.21 - $29.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,952  
   
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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$19,208 - $52,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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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 Gardeners, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $24K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $28K on average. Gardeners bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $36K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Gardener Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$28,000

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
34%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 71%
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