Men account for the majority of Groundskeepers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $12.13 per hour. While experience level and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Groundskeepers is high. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than one-half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,051 - $50,772
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$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,399
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$9.36 - $18.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,051 - $50,772  
   
Bonus
$9.86 - $1,521  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$1,350  
Total Pay (?
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$19,948 - $41,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $18.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.40  
Overtime
$13.68 - $29.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$9.86 - $1,521  
   
Commission
$1,350  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$19,948 - $41,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 475

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Job Description for Groundskeeper

Groundskeepers generally work independently, for management companies, or directly for other employers, and are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness, functionality, and aesthetic appeal of particular areas of land. As such, they usually work outside and must be able to withstand hot and cold weather. Common duties include mowing lawns, pulling weeds, trimming hedges, planting flowers and shrubbery, fertilizing, watering, raking leaves, and generally keeping the lawn, plants, and hedges in good shape.

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Groundskeeper Tasks

  • Cleans sidewalks and disposes of debris and trash properly.
  • Assist other staff with larger maintenance repairs or projects.
  • Monitor the upkeep and maintenance of the landscaping and grounds daily.
  • Handle basic preventative and corrective maintenance tasks.
  • Keep the grounds in a clean and attractive manner.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Groundskeeper


The biggest paychecks can be found at Hillenmeyer Landscaping Services — the median salary there is $20K.

Pay by Experience Level for Groundskeeper

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $30K. Groundskeepers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $31K. Groundskeepers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $32K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,556

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Groundskeepers, Philadelphia provides a pay rate that is 49 percent greater than the national average. Groundskeepers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+33 percent) and Houston (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Groundskeepers in Dunkirk earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Lexington and Louisville (27 percent lower).

Groundskeeper Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Groundskeeper?

Groundskeeper in Frankfort:
"Outdoors."
Pros: Its nice to be outside and the place is pretty.
Cons: Sometimes the work is hard.

Key Stats for Groundskeeper

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Groundskeeper Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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