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.Read More...
Groundskeepers must be able to use equipment such as lawnmowers, blowers, and trimmers, and be familiar with a variety of gardening tools to be used for different purposes. They must also be reliable and physically fit, as their job can be quite labor-intensive. Some groundskeepers work with others and should be willing to work in a team environment and comfortable working with diverse team members. They must also pass background checks, and some employers require that candidates have a driver's license and a clean driving record in order to transport leaves in trucks and deposit them in designated locations.
Groundskeepers generally work part-time or full-time with minimal supervision. Those who work for local governments (cities or counties) may need to remove snow from walks, steps, trash areas, etc. and should be able to use snow plows and/or snow blowers, as well as melt ice using chemicals if necessary. Some employers require a high school diploma or GED for this position.
- 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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Hillenmeyer Landscaping Services offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $20K.
Pay by Experience Level for Groundskeeper
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Groundskeepers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $23K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Groundskeepers make a median salary of $31K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $32K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.
Pay Difference by Location
For Groundskeepers, working in the bustling city of Philadelphia has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Groundskeepers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+39 percent) and Houston (+10 percent). Groundskeepers in Dunkirk earn salaries far below the national average by 26 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Lexington and Louisville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 24 percent lower and 23 percent lower, respectively.