City-Data Forum \$40-45/hr to mow the grass - is that a bit steep?
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Yesterday, 01:24 PM
 Location: North Idaho 24,667 posts, read 32,333,959 times Reputation: 50069

Get a couple of quotes, but if that is the local rate, that's what you pay unless you want to do it yourself.

My son cuts my lawn, so no labor costs but the mower cost over \$2500. You pay one way or the other.

The last time I paid for 1/2 acre, it was \$50 and only included running a riding mower over it and no edging to blowing or raking, and it was 15 years ago and a perfectly flat lawn. If the land needs weed eating, it is going to cost a lot more.

Yesterday, 01:27 PM
 Location: Brackenwood 5,111 posts, read 2,000,280 times Reputation: 11077
Quote:
 Originally Posted by RobertFisher \$45/hr = \$90K annual salary....
Only if you pretend there's no overhead costs, such as the cost of equipment, fuel, maintenance, transporting said equipment to the site, time spent driving to said site, insurance, etc.

Yesterday, 01:54 PM
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No wonder i do my own yard work kirk.

Yesterday, 02:09 PM
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 Originally Posted by RobertFisher Not sure of you are asking about the math or is it a rhetorical question. But here is my calculation: An office worker works 40 hours a week. There are 52 weeks a year, so that's 52X40=2080 hours. For simplicity we usually just use 2000 to do the conversion. This means, a McDonald's hourly worker who gets paid \$15/hr, is equivalent to an annual salary of 15X2000=30K. On the reverse, someone making \$100K annually salary, is making a \$100,000/2000=\$50/hr hourly wage. This lawn mower's requested rate is equivalent to 45X2000=\$90K salary if he/she works a full 2000 hours a year like an office worker.
That \$90k has to pay for equipment and fuel as well as salary.

Yesterday, 02:33 PM
 Location: Redwood Shores, CA 693 posts, read 252,442 times Reputation: 744
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Bitey Only if you pretend there's no overhead costs, such as the cost of equipment, fuel, maintenance, transporting said equipment to the site, time spent driving to said site, insurance, etc.
Yes that was too overly rough an assessment. Indeed equipment and gas are all valid cost components.

Yesterday, 02:52 PM
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I have about 1/3 acre and it takes my lawn guy 15-20 minutes to cut & edge. He charges \$35.00 in Bucks Co, PA.

Yesterday, 03:04 PM
 Location: NC finally! 1,133 posts, read 2,132,362 times Reputation: 596
\$45 hr is not bad assuming they can get it done in less than an hour. .Assuming there is a crew doing the work it shouldnt take that long with typical home/landscape.

Yesterday, 03:06 PM
 Location: British Columbia ~🌄 ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️🌄~ 9,177 posts, read 7,775,464 times Reputation: 19062
Quote:
 Originally Posted by RobertFisher I got a quote to mow grass, for fire prevention purpose (as opposed to beautifying the hosue). I haven't asked estimated hours yet; this hourly rate already pauses me. Is that a normal price range for mowing grass these days? This is around Albion CA. \$45/hr = \$90K annual salary... It seems just yesterday that hourly workers were fighting for living wage.
Does the grass continue to grow in autumn/winter and need to be mowed year round in Albion?

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Yesterday, 03:09 PM
 Location: Redwood Shores, CA 693 posts, read 252,442 times Reputation: 744
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Zoisite Does the grass continue to grow in autumn/winter and need to be mowed year round in Albion? .
I heard 2 times a year.

Yesterday, 03:20 PM
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 Originally Posted by Bamaman1 You forget about their travel time to and from your place. With a good zero turn mower, they can cut a 1 acre yard in 1/2 hour. I cannot get over people not doing their own grass cutting if they're physically capable. My commercial zero turn mower cuts 100% of my yard, and it's just great fun riding it.
That's the best solution. You could even get a few neighbor's yards to cut.
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