How much does a landscaper make? Landscapers earn a low to average salary for their gardening services. Landscaping workers (aka grounds maintenance workers) perform a number of tasks to help beautify and maintain outdoor properties. Landscapers or grounds maintenance workers use using hand or power tools or equipment in order to maintain property. Landscapers may perform a number of tasks in their daily work, including: mowing, trimming, planting, sod laying, digging, raking, watering, fertilizing, installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units and sprinkler installation.
Landscapers and grounds maintenance workers main job is to achieve and maintain a pleasant and functional outdoor environment, ensuring that the grounds of businesses, houses, and parks are orderly, attractive, and maintain healthy growth. These workers may also care for indoor gardens and plantings in public facilities and commercial buildings and such as hotels, malls, and botanical gardens. Landscapers and grounds maintenance workers may make use of a number of handtools such as electric clippers, rakes, pruning, handsaws, shovels, and leaf blowers, and use large scale equipment such as twin-axle vehicles, tractors, and driven mowers.
Types Of Grounds Maintenance Workers:
*Landscaping workers help create new outdoor areas, maintain outdoor areas, and and upgrade existing landscapes
*Groundskeeping workers, (aka groundskeepers), typically focus on maintaining existing grounds, caring for plants, sod, and trees. Groundskeepers rake and mulch leaves, use irrigation methods to adjust water consumption, and clear snow from walkways and parking lots.
*Pesticide handlers specialize in using vegetation mix herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, sprayers, and applicators, or insecticides and apply them through dusts, vapors or sprays into the soil or onto plants.
*Tree trimmers and pruners, (aka arborists), prune and cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs, clearing sidewalks, roads, or utilities' equipment. Tree trimmers may also prune shrubs or trees in order to improve the health and appearance of trees.
*Supervisors of landscaping and groundskeeping workers oversee the work done by grounds maintenance workers. Groundskeeping supervisors schedule work for crews on the basis of weather conditions or the availability of equipment, perform spot checks to ensure the quality of the service, prepare cost estimates, and suggest changes in work procedures.
Most grounds maintenance workers do not have formal education and receive on-the-job training; however, some workers may require formal education. Landscaping and grounds maintenance workers may work full-time and part-time jobs, and seasonal jobs. Work can be physically demanding, and work availability can be regular or sporatic. The majority of states require certification or licensure for workers who apply pesticides. Some states may require landscape contractors be licensed as well.
Landscaping and grounds maintenance worker positions are expected to increase by 18 percent during 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.
How much does a landscaper make per hour?
A May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the median hourly wages for landscapers was $12.18.
Industry And Hourly Wages
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $11.86
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $11.02
Local Government (OES Designation) $14.13
Elementary and Secondary Schools $14.98
Employment Services $11.17
How much does a landscaper make per year?
The median yearly salary for a landscaper according to a May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $25,340.
Industry And Annual Wages
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $24,670
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $22,930
Local Government (OES Designation) $29,400
Elementary and Secondary Schools $31,150
Employment Services $23,240