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Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers in California

May also be called: Athletic Fieldskeepers; Care Takers; Cemetery Workers; Gardeners; Golf Course Laborers; Grass Cutters; Greens Keepers; Ground Crewmen; Grounds Caretakers; Grounds Keepers; Lawn Care Workers; and Yard Workers

What Would I Do?

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers landscape or maintain property grounds. They mow lawns; trim hedges, shrubs, and trees; grow and plant new vegetation; and rake leaves. Workers may also maintain and repair equipment, remove debris, compost, and pull weeds.

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. They should be in good physical condition and be able to lift more than 25 pounds. Most work 40 hours a week; however, some may only work part-time. Long hours may also be required to complete a job.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers may appeal to those who enjoy working outside and tackling practical, hands-on problems and solutions. In addition, those who are knowledgeable about plants, shrubs, and trees may also like this type of work.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2015 for Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers in California was $26,047 annually, or $12.53 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Change to Hourly Wages
Annual Wages for 2015Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$21,786$26,047$33,670
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2015 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Benefit packages vary widely by company. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers who work for government agencies usually receive benefits such as health and life insurance, vacation, sick leave, holidays, and retirement plans. Self-employed Workers provide their own insurance.

What is the Job Outlook?

More Workers are expected to be needed to keep up with increasing demand from businesses, institutions, and individual homeowners. Overall job opportunities should be good. However, like many occupations, employment may be sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy.

How Do I Qualify?

Many employers prefer to hire individuals with a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED). Entry-level Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers generally receive on-the-job training by working with an experienced Worker or supervisor. Employers also prefer Workers to have a valid California Driver License.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Newspaper classified ads, Internet job listings, and word of mouth may also provide job leads. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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