Landscapers are individuals that deal with enhancing or modifying the visible features of an area or piece of property. As such, landscaping is a job that requires you to spend most of your time in outdoor environments. On top of that, maintaining a piece of property isn’t an easy task. You will be getting involved in a lot of physical activity and manual labor will be huge part of your everyday tasks. Being a landscaper also involves some office work as well. Office activities usually involve meeting with your clients, arranging all information and records in various files and drawing and overviewing layout designs. Depending upon the kind of property, the landscaping job can include the use of variety of special equipment. This equipment includes but is not limited to leaf blowers, weed whackers, hedge trimmers, lawnmowers etc. The work may also involve use of handheld tools like hoes, rakes, spades, shovels etc. Most of the landscaping work involves maintenance activities like pruning and shaping bushes and trees, cleaning pathways and sidewalks, getting rid of weeds or any other unnecessary plantation, planting flowerbeds and watering them, clearing places with any debris or unnecessary leaves lying around, mowing and edging lawns etc. Landscapers also make sure that the correct amount of fertilizers and pesticides are being used for the growing plants.
Landscapers have to travel to the requested land or property to carry out their services. While some landscapers only carry out the requests of a few clients per day, some of them that operate on a larger scale tend to handle multiple requests per day by multiple clients. Travelling is a huge part of being a landscaper. There are some landscapers that are hired by certain companies to maintain only a specific property or a portion of it. For example, golf courses usually have dedicated landscapers that only maintain the various golf courses. It is usual for major companies to hire different landscapers together so that they can travel to different property sites as a team. Landscapers also play an important role in modifying pieces of land. This could involve construction or deconstruction of some structures present on the piece of land. They are also hired to improve properties to increase their appeal in the eyes of potential buyers. Landscapers have a lot of flexibility in terms of environments they can work in and people they can work with.
How much do landscapers make?
So with so many different kinds of landscaping activities available, how much do landscapers actually make? The answer usually varies due to a number of a factors. An experienced landscaper is definitely going to make more money compared to someone who is new to the field. Similarly, those working with a landscaping company which is well established in eyes of public will get more customers leading to greater sales and income. Similarly, the location of the landscaping business may also affect the revenue generated. In certain states, the pay is high leading to more income while some states are low paying. Also the amount of requests a landscaper can handle at a time can also affect his income. Certain landscapers tackle multiple clients per day while some scale landscapers can only handle 2 or 3 requests leading to less income. With that said, let’s take a look the various incomes for landscapers based on different categories.
The average salary of landscapers
According to the Bureau of labor statistics, the average salary of a landscaper is 30,000 dollars per year which amounts to about 14 dollars on an hourly basis. Of course, the income depends upon various factors like demand, skill level of a person and experience in line of work. Entry level landscapers tend to make 9 – 12 dollars on an hourly basis and around 19,000 – 28,000 dollars on an annual basis. Any landscapers with the intermediate level of experience can tend to bag 12-15 dollars on an hourly basis while bringing in around 27-32,000 dollars on an annual basis. And finally we have the landscapers who tend be the most experienced ones spending 7+ years in the industry. Highly experienced landscapers can make 15-17 dollars on an hourly basis while gaining an income of 30-40,000 dollars on annual basis. People with jobs as groundskeepers tend to make more or less the same amount of money with varied experiences. People with more significant posts like architects, designers and supervisors tend to make money than an ordinary landscaper.
The hourly salary of landscapers
As stated above, the salary of a landscaper on an hourly basis looks like this:
- For an entry level landscaper that has spent up to 3 years in this line of work the average pay is 9 – 12 dollars on an hourly basis.
- Any landscapers with the intermediate level of experience that has spent anywhere from 3-6 years in this line of work makes around 12-15 dollars on an hourly basis.
- And finally we have the landscapers who tend be the most experienced ones spending 7+ years in the industry. Highly experienced landscapers can make 15-17 dollars on an hourly basis.
The annual salary of landscapers
As stated above, the salary of a landscaper on an annual basis looks like this:
- For an entry level landscaper that has spent up to 3 years in this line of work the average pay is 19-28,000 dollars on an annual basis.
- Any landscapers with the intermediate level of experience that has spent anywhere from 3-6 years in this line of work makes around 27-32,000 dollars on an annual basis.
- And finally we have the landscapers who tend be the most experienced ones spending 7+ years in the industry. Highly experienced landscapers can make 30-40,000 dollars or even more on an annual basis.
Salary of landscapers by state
The salary of landscapers varies according to different states. In USA, the states with high paying salaries for landscapers include Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Alaska. Other states like Arkansas, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico etc. have low salaries for landscapers. Salaries also vary from metropolitan to non-metropolitan areas with non-metropolitan areas having higher salary counts. The highest annual salary for a metropolitan area includes San Francisco with 44,000 dollars while highest annual salary for a non-metropolitan area includes Nantucket Island with 52,000 dollars per year.
From above figures, it can be deduced that an average somewhat experienced landscaper can make up to 30,000 dollars per year. Of course, experience, demand, skill level and various other factors can affect the overall income.