Landscaping or Groundskeeping Worker Salary
A sizeable majority of Landscapers and Groundskeepers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $11.81 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and geographic location. More than two-fifths enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. Most Landscapers and Groundskeepers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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
Landscapers and Groundskeepers flock to Trugreen Landcare, The Brickman Group, Ltd., Andy's Sprinkler Service Inc., Green Teams, Inc., and seasonal landscaping & nursery inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $28K, though there is little variation overall ($26K to $31K). E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting, Inc., The Brickman Group, Ltd., and Valleycrest Companies also offer top salaries for Landscapers and Groundskeepers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $27K, $25K, and $24K, respectively.
Landscapers and Groundskeepers will find the worst pay at seasonal landscaping & nursery inc, where the median salary crawls in at $19K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $19K, leaving little room for growth. Also approaching the lower end are James River Grounds Management, Trugreen Landcare, and Greater Texas Landscapes Services, each paying $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. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $24K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $26K. Landscapers and Groundskeepers bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Landscapers and Groundskeepers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $32K.
Pay Difference by Location
Landscapers and Groundskeepers working in Concord earn a little more than the national average. That said, location does not seem to play a huge role in determining pay for this role. Landscapers and Groundskeepers in Oklahoma City make 28 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tulsa and Wilmington (26 percent less).
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