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Grounds Maintenance Workers

Grounds Maintenance Workers
Quick Facts : Grounds Maintenance Workers*
2010 Median Pay$23,740
Entry Level Education              

           
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,249,700
Job Outlook20% (Faster than average)
Employment Change254,600


Grounds maintenance workers do a variety of tasks to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment. They mow, edge, and fertilize lawns and also care for indoor gardens and plantings in commercial and public facilities, such as malls, hotels, and botanical gardens.

What Grounds Maintenance Workers Do

  • Weed and mulch landscapes
  • Trim hedges, shrubs, and small trees
  • Remove dead, damaged, or unwanted trees
  • Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs
  • Water lawns, landscapes, and gardens

Work Environment

Many grounds maintenance jobs are seasonal, available mainly in the spring, summer, and fall. Most of the work is done outdoors in all kinds of weather. The work can be repetitive and physically demanding, requiring frequent bending, kneeling, lifting, and shoveling.
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Job Outlook

Employment of grounds maintenance workers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2010 to 2020 and opportunities should be best in areas with temperate climates, where landscaping services are required year round.
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Pay

The average hourly wage of grounds maintenance workers was $11.41 in May 2010.
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Grounds Maintenance Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Grounds Maintenance Workers

23740

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

29680.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Grounds Maintenance Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

Grounds Maintenance Workers

20.3729

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

19.979913332245566

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Grounds Maintenance Workers

Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job, but some employers may require formal education in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.
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