Earnings for Gardeners in the United States come in at around $14.60 per hour on average. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Gardeners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one-fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,426 - $59,909
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$60K
MEDIAN: $36,746
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$9.68 - $23.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,426 - $59,909  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,432  
Total Pay (?
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$20,223 - $51,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $23.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.17  
Overtime
$12.72 - $29.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,432  
   
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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$20,223 - $51,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 286

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Gardener

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


Gardeners with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $28K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $31K. For Gardeners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $41K.

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
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National Average
$31,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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