Landscaping or Groundskeeping Worker Salary
Men make up the majority of Landscapers and Groundskeepers in the United States, bringing in about $10.84 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the specific employer and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Landscapers and Groundskeepers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Over a third enjoy medical while approximately one-fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-seventh. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Landscaping or Groundskeeping Worker
Landscapers are responsible for maintaining and beautifying the green areas of a home or facility. Some such positions are fixed and part-time or full-time, while others are on an on-call, per-job basis.Read More...
Landscapers often develop designs and concepts for the green areas of a facility and listen closely to their clients' needs regarding the vegetation and design to be implemented. Some common duties of the position include mowing grass, weeding, aerating, planting flowers, trimming hedges and trees, raking leaves, and generally keeping areas clean and tidy. Some landscapers may be required to have prior experience with sprinklers and hand/power tools such as hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, and electric saws. In other positions, the use of heavy machinery, such as excavators, is required. In any case, it is important to have a good eye for aesthetics to succeed and encourage clients to return.
Some landscapers work directly for companies or individuals in need of landscaping services, while others work as contractors. The job often requires traveling from facility to facility to complete jobs, so a clean driving record and valid driver’s license are generally required. There are no minimum educational requirements for the position; however, some landscapers may need to demonstrate relevant skills and past experience. There are also entry-level and assistant positions available. Physical strength is also required, as there is a lot of bending, lifting, standing, and walking involved. Landscapers may occasionally have to work in uncomfortable weather conditions, such as extreme heat.
Landscaping or Groundskeeping Worker Tasks
- Maintain outdoor grounds on a daily basis.
- Maintain and properly trim trees and shrubbery.
- Complete seasonal landscaping and planting.
- Complete minor repairs and provide preventive maintenance on machines and equipment.
- Use commercial grade snow equipment, plows, lawn mowers, trimmers and high-lift loaders.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Landscaping or Groundskeeping Worker
Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Landscapers and Groundskeepers include Trugreen Landcare, The Brickman Group, Ltd., Andy's Sprinkler Service Inc., Green Teams, Inc., and seasonal landscaping & nursery inc. E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $28K, though there is little variation overall ($26K to $31K). Landscapers and Groundskeepers will also find cushy salaries at E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting, Inc. (+$27K), The Brickman Group, Ltd. (+$25K), and Valleycrest Companies (+$24K).
With a median salary of $19K, seasonal landscaping & nursery inc provides Landscapers and Groundskeepers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $19K, limiting employee salary growth. Workers at James River Grounds Management, Trugreen Landcare, and Greater Texas Landscapes Services also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $19K.
Pay by Experience Level for Landscaping or Groundskeeping Worker
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $23K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $25K. Landscapers and Groundskeepers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $34K.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Landscapers and Groundskeepers that is 6 percent greater than the national average, Concord offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Landscapers and Groundskeepers in Oklahoma City make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Tulsa and Wilmington are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 23 percent less than the median.