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Hired help
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M R    Posted 07-19-2002 at 19:49:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was wondering how much you paid for hired help.

I have teenagers who work for me and they would like more money. They do a wide verity of work around our house. Some examples are: Help load and stack firewood, yard work, woodworking projects, change motor oil, help with restoring my John Deere M and Oliver Supper 55( cleaning, painting, taking apart, putting back together ), putting a new roof on my shop, and allot of ordinary things like housework, carrying stuff up and down stairs for my parents vacuuming the inside of my pick up. I pay $5 per hour. Some of the jobs are worth more than that, like working on the tractor or the roof. There are several reasons why I hesitate to pay them more. The two biggest ones are that they can't work without supervision because of some problems a few weeks ago and they can't work Saturdays, also I provide about half of their transportation. How much would you pay in this situation? Also how much do you pay for farm help like baling hay or other types of work?

Redneck    Posted 07-22-2002 at 03:12:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Back in the 60's it was $5 a long day.Ain't alot of kids worth $5 a hour today.They were not raised working like we were.If you are lucky and find a good one,pay them what they are worth.

Folks gripe about the illegals,but if American kids worked with the pride and speed of Mexicans,there might be hope for this country.But they won't last.They will see the lazy people we have that make money and not work and it will ruin them.

Saddlebum    Posted 07-20-2002 at 11:23:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hubby usually pays about $5/hour for help hauling a load of hay or clearning brush, plus vittles. Teenagers practically invented the phrase "Will work for food."

longcaribiner    Posted 07-19-2002 at 22:01:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Round here, them slave wages wouldn't get you an illegal alien.
I try to hire for the job. ie mow the lawn and weed wack the place $20.00 figure it takes about three hours. For dirty sweaty work, I pay a little more than most in the area. That way I have folks who are ready when I need, they get more than down the road. Its amazing how someone who works for $6.50/hr at the Dollar General, will hustle for $8.50/hr cash I wanted a fence row cleaned out and got a crew of five teenagers (one girl) to do the whole thing for $120.00. They did a real nice job and it took the bunch about 6 hours. I left em have a hotdog roast- bonfire that night in the field to burn up the limbs and branches. We also barter alot. You paint my shed for a small pig etc.

John    Posted 07-20-2002 at 17:09:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
With all due respect, I am a teenager, and my thoughts are that if the work involves heavy or physically challenging (making me sweat!!) activities, it is worth more than "riding a lawn mower." I know this from experience! Have a great day, folks.

M R    Posted 07-20-2002 at 18:19:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree that some jobs are worth more than others. When we cleaned out the old insulation from our attic and put in new I paid more for that job. That was a dusty, nasty job.

I would like to hear more from teenagers who work and from parents of kids who work for other people. I want to get as many different viewpoints as possible.

Burrhead    Posted 07-19-2002 at 20:34:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I pay $5 and hour and dinner plus I transport the fellers. If there's a good working or seems interested in working kid I always slip him a little extra.

For hay baling if I'm square baling I pay each one 10 cents a bale stacked in the barn. If I'm round baling I give $5 an hour for a step and fetch man just so I aint in the field by myself.

On the squares I drive and put one stacking and 2 on the ground pitching. I don't count busted bales unless the string or knot breaks. You'd be surprised how many don't get busted if they don't get paid to bust them.

bob    Posted 07-20-2002 at 18:29:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Damn Burr things have gone up I used to get a penny a bale . I talked to baler guy who we did all of his loading and shot him the deal and he thought we,ll try it wotrked good for both partys Sure wish old Stub was around now what a peach of a guy.

Burrhead    Posted 07-20-2002 at 19:45:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
The 1st hay I ever put up for anybody else I made a whole $5 for a 12 hour day.

The grown men over at the cotton gin made a whole $40 for a 6 day week. $50 a week if they were busy and working 7-12s

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