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Postby dun » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:39 pm

I guess I'm too old school. 8 bucks an hour is what we pay
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Postby Brute 23 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:10 pm

$10 is usually what I test people out at. If they work for me regularly and show that have common sense Ill do $12. Some of my retired, baby boomers get $14 or $15... I pay them a little extra for their story telling abilities. :)

My fist jobs paid $5 an hour to spray brush, mow, etc. I was 8 yrs old. It was mostly family and family friends. You would have to run me off at night because I would try to sleep on your couch. Ill never forget when the first guy offered me $8. I though I had made it big... :cowboy:
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Postby pdfangus » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:17 pm

my first job was $2.00 a day in a service station....started out as a gas jockey...pump gas check oil and wash windows...
ended up grease and oil changes and fixing flats as well....
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Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:51 pm

dun wrote:I guess I'm too old school. 8 bucks an hour is what we pay


If that's the going rate in your market then more power to ya.
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Postby TCRanch » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:10 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like $10 is average, especially since he has no experience driving a tractor, track loader, etc. We still have a ton of limbs/debris from the tornado but hubby has been essentially sidelined since Dec and while I'm pretty scrappy, there is a limit to what I can do myself. Or want to! Cattle are relatively easy in the summer, I can take care of them, but moving corrals, etc takes two people. Fixing fence, two barns need repairs, general maintenance, painting, even yard work. But as a bonus, he can fish all he wants - off the clock :)

I got suckered into taking over my brothers summer mowing job when I was 14 but I made a whopping $10 per yard. Totally not worth it!
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Postby Dave » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:35 pm

At 16 I spent the summer cleaning chicken houses with a scoop shovel and a wheel barrow. It paid $1.25 an hour. It was kitty corner through the pastures to the chicken farm so I walked to work. Dad said you could see the grass growing behind me when I walked home.
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Postby msplmtneer » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:56 pm

I started in the hayfields when I was 12 got paid .75 cents a hour paid for my school clothes :tiphat:
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Postby Cross-7 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:08 pm

Growing up I didn't get paid anything
My first paying job and my current employer was minimum wage of 3.35 an hr at 60-80 a week with time and a half over 40 hrs. I was rich.

I think they pay 10.00 now and about 10-15 hrs overtime, insurance and 401k
You can make a living and retire at 65 with a million dollars
But good help is hard to come by, no one wants to do physical labor anymore
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Re: Hired help, hourly wage?

Postby tater74 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:13 pm

$1.25 to move a 1/4 mile sprinkler line. No wheels, just pick up each joint and move it about 50 feet.
Not too bad in a wheat field, potatoes and beans were worse.
$5.00 to mow a lawn.
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Re: Hired help, hourly wage?

Postby Son of Butch » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:41 pm

TCRanch wrote:There is a 16 year old high school student that would like to work part time on the ranch this summer. He has no farming or cattle experience but loves the outdoors, neighbors highly recommend him and he is definitely willing to learn. Any suggestions on an hourly wage? Minimum wage is $7.25 but he'll be doing a lot of physical labor.

federal minimum 7.25 our state minimum is 9.50 with ag exemption of less than 13 weeks of employment or training under 18 years 7.25

$8 hr to start, if you start them at $10 they don't appreciate $10
I've had kids with excellent references turn out both great and not so great.... lazy.
After 2 weeks if I want to keep them I give a raise to $10 (makes them feel good to have earned a raise)
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Re: Hired help, hourly wage?

Postby Son of Butch » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:58 pm

TCRanch wrote: he has no experience driving a tractor, track loader, etc.

Red Flag a 16 yr old (not your child) opens you up to serious liability and insurance concerns if he hurts himself operating farm equipment or a chainsaw ect.
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Re: Hired help, hourly wage?

Postby TCRanch » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:18 am

Son of Butch wrote:
TCRanch wrote: he has no experience driving a tractor, track loader, etc.

Red Flag a 16 yr old (not your child) opens you up to serious liability and insurance concerns if he hurts himself operating farm equipment or a chainsaw ect.

Good point. Even with our insurance umbrella it's a risk we should avoid. I rarely drive the Man Toys but surprisingly handy with a chainsaw :)
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Re: Hired help, hourly wage?

Postby greybeard » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:30 pm

backhoeboogie wrote:
M-5 wrote:
well Im afraid the life guard for the sand box is already taken.


I took that job at a public pool back in the 70's. Those were the longest days of my life. The clock runs backwards I think. It was kind of nice when kids misbehaved; it actually gave me something to do.

Amen brother..I wasn't a life guard, but stood security duty at a USN dependent's beach in Guantanamo Bay Cuba about once/month the 2 years I was there. It got old really really fast. Hot as the blazes in full dress summer uniform. About the 3rd time I seriously considered walking out into the breakers and drowning myself.
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Re: Hired help, hourly wage?

Postby Dave » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:51 pm

I was really happy when I got that $1.25 an hour to shovel chicken manure. Before that I picked berries. I started at 10 years of age picking strawberries and raspberries for 25 cents a flat, and blueberries at 4 cents a pound. It took a real good day to make $4.00. I am sure I never made $4.00 a day in the blueberries.
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Re: Hired help, hourly wage?

Postby Jogeephus » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:37 pm

Son of Butch wrote:
TCRanch wrote: he has no experience driving a tractor, track loader, etc.

Red Flag a 16 yr old (not your child) opens you up to serious liability and insurance concerns if he hurts himself operating farm equipment or a chainsaw ect.


A few years ago we had a terrible thing happen here with a child. A guy who ran a shop took this kid under his wing and loved him like a son and spent time with him. The boy loved to mow grass and would earn money doing odd jobs for the guy but he really loved running the riding lawnmower. One day the boy flipped the mower over and the mower killed him. It was a terrible accident. The man was crushed. Everyone was. This was a good kid. All involved were good people. It was just one of those things that happen.

To add insult to injury we had this young DA who was trying to make a name for herself to fill her political aspirations and she filed manslaughter charges against this man as if he was guilty of something. People in the community were outraged and this gal left town ever so lucky she wasn't tarred and feathered.

It sad when you have to think about stuff like this because this is the only way kids will ever get experience. Why hire someone when you are going to have to watch everything they do and the only way you won't have to do this is if they have experience and the only way to get experience is to make mistakes.
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