Landscapers


Overview

Landscapers

Introduction

Landscapers maintain gardens, parks, lawns, and other landscaped areas as well as the trees, plants, and shrubs that are part of these areas. Specific job responsibilities depend on the type of area involved. Landscapers work on projects at private homes, parks, schools, arboretums, office parks, shopping malls, government offices, botanical gardens, and hotels and motels. They may also responsible for purchasing material and supplies and for training, directing, and supervising employees. There are more than 1.3 million grounds mai...

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Median Salary

$30,440

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Prior landscaping experience required


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Skills

Building/Trades


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Personality Traits

Athletic

Earnings

Salaries depend on the experience and education level of the worker, the type of work being done, and geographic location. Landscaping and grounds maintenance workers earned about $14.63 an hour (or $30,440) in May 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Hourly earnings ranged from less than $10.44 (or $21,710 annually) to $22.37 ($46,530 annually) or more.

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Work Environment

Landscapers spend much of their time outside. Most of the outdoor work is done during daylight hours, but work takes place all year round in all types of weather conditions. Most people in the field work 37 to 40 hours a week, but overtime is especially likely during the summer months when landscapers take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather. Workweeks may be shorter during the wint...

Outlook

Employment for most workers in this field is expected to grow by about 10 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations, through 2029, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Job opportunities for pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators are also expected to have faster than average employment growth during this same time span. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic...

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