Men make up the majority of Groundskeepers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $11.55 per hour. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Groundskeepers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by nearly two in five. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,051 - $50,076
(Median)
$21K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,120
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$8.93 - $17.50
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,051 - $50,076  
   
Bonus
$10.14 - $1,973  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$1,350  
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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$18,734 - $40,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $17.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.33  
Overtime
$13.35 - $29.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$10.14 - $1,973  
   
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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$18,734 - $40,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 529
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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Groundskeeper


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

National Average: $25,405

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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.

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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.

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Experience Affects Groundskeeper Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$25,000


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
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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