Gardener Salary

Pay for Gardeners in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.00 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Just under one in three enjoy medical while slightly less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a seventh. For the most part, Gardeners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Gardeners making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,426 - $57,488
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$57K
MEDIAN: $34,909
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$9.82 - $24.85
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$0$57K
Salary $20,426 - $57,488
Bonus $203.47 - $3,000
Profit Sharing $325.00
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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$20,487 - $53,054
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 70
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $9.82 - $24.85
Hourly Tips $0.60
Overtime $12.72 - $27.93
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $203.47 - $3,000
Profit Sharing $325.00
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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$20,487 - $53,054
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 287

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Job Description for Gardener

A gardener generally works as a professional contractor or under direct employment by a facility with large landscaping resources and needs. This person generally tends to the upkeep and care of the landscape design on an ongoing basis. Typically, a gardener doesn’t build or create, but rather helps maintain the current landscape design and environment. The gardener is likely expected to attend to the upkeep of the grounds under his or her care. This not only includes regular mowing, but also setting up proper watering schedules, trimming, weed care, and fertilizing. Additionally, the gardener cares for all flowering plants in the landscape design, assessing any environmental difficulties observed and acting proactively to treat them. During appropriate seasons, the gardener is responsible for removing leaves, adding mulch, and doing any additional planting. As it becomes necessary, the gardener should make recommendations for improving or enhancing the design as he or she sees fit.

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Gardener Tasks

  • Oversee and improve outdoor areas, including grass, shrubbery, trees, and plantings.
  • Maintain equipment and tools.
  • Care for plantings by mulching, aerating, weeding, trimming, and applying fertilizers and insecticide.
  • Remove snow, debris, litter, and unsightly materials.
  • Operate vehicles like trucks, mowers, tractors and chainsaws to mow grass, prune, and care for soil.

Gardener Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Gardener

Pay by Experience for a Gardener has a positive trend. An entry-level Gardener with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 193 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Gardener with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 105 salaries. An experienced Gardener which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 99 salaries. A Gardener with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 59 salaries.

Gardener Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Gardener?

Gardener in Williamsburg:
"Dysfunctional management."
Enjoy what you do take pride in your work.

Gardener in Philadelphia:
"Love this Healthy Job."
Most horticulture schools are low on practical skills, like weeding. Soil is the most important part of plant health. The best part about being a gardener is getting exercise as part of my day. Desk jobs are unhealthy. Loving this work will help you to excel.

Key Stats for Gardener

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Gardener Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲12%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 69%
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