I was looking through some recents ads posted on craigslist and other job forums and it seems like they all offer really low wages. Most of them are 15 dollars an hour straight, meaning no piece work pay scale. Maybe my pay scale is a little too high, but since I have found good help, I like to pay them what the deserve.
Although its a personal business question, I am wondering what you guys are paying your employees. Is it straight hourly, straight piece work, a mixture of both?
I do both hourly and piece work. First time laborers I start at 12 until I get a sense of how hard the work and how comfortable they are doing things and then the pay scale increases from there. Then once they know enough to be able to completly tear off and prep/felt a side properly, I bump them up until 15 and keep them awhile until they can be left alone to shingle and will have no questions. Then I pay piece work starting at 18 a sq and it progresses based on pitch and shingle type up to 30 a sq.
Since I do siding, the hourly rate does make a big difference. Once a guy can be left alone to do all the services I offer, I pay them 18 hourly but I need to feel comfortable leaving them alone all day. The highest paid guy is at 24 hourly, but I can basically give him an address and all will be well.
Do you guys think my pay scale is to high/low/fair? I am trying to revamp and change a few things that I think need some attention.