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2015 Wage Survey Report

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How Does Your Compensation Stack Up?

It's been a long-time challenge for nursery and landscape businesses to find the best ways to fairly compensate employees while still attracting and retaining the most desirable candidates. Underpay, and employees will eventually look for a better offer. Overpay, and your budgets and profitability will suffer. That’s why the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association partnered with Readex Research to complete a 2015 Wage Survey.

A total of 863 members were surveyed and 126 members took part – a 15% response rate.  The following are a listing of positions that garnered enough respondents to provide average wage data in the report.

  • Retail Nursery/Garden Center – average wages reported for manager, assistant manager, sales personnel, general labor, and cashiers.
  • Wholesale Nursery (Woody Plants) – average wages reported for general labor, pesticide applicators, and inside sales.
  • Wholesale Greenhouse (Annuals, Perennials) – average wages not reported for any positions as there were not a critical mass of respondents.
  • Landscape Contracting – average wages reported for division manager, field supervisor, foreman, assistant foreman, designers, general labor, and shipping/receiving. 
  • Hardscape Contracting – average wages reported for foreman, designers, and general labor.
  • Irrigation – average wages reported for division manager, residential foreman, commercial foreman, service technician, and general labor.
  • Landscape Management (Turf Care, Fertilization, Snow Plowing) – average wages reported for division manager, foreman, pesticide applicators, general labor, skid steer operators, truck operators, and sidewalk operators.
  • Landscape Design (For Independent Design Firms Only) - average wages not reported for any positions as there were not a critical mass of respondents.
  • Professional Gardening Services – average wages repo rted for foreman and general labor.
  • Tree Care/Arboriculture – average wages reported for arborist, technician/pesticide applicator, and general labor.

In addition to compensation, the report also includes job descriptions for each position as well as the percentage of companies offering a variety of benefits to seasonal vs. part-time vs. full-time employees.

The executive summary offers an in-depth analysis of key data to help you to accurately interpret trends in compensation and benefits. Find out if your organization is offering competitive compensation and see how your benefits package measures up to those of your counterparts.  We hope you find this a valuable resource!

Survey participants will receive a FREE copy of the report.  MNLA members may purchase an electronic copy of the report for $99 and non-members may purchase an electronic copy of the report for $149.

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