Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
SOC: 37-3011.00

Description:

Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
1,167,800 employed

Projected (2024):
1,239,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Athletic Field Custodian
  • Bonsai Tender
  • Brush Cutter
  • Caretaker
  • Cemetery Keeper
  • Cemetery Laborer
  • Cemetery Warden
  • Cemetery Worker
  • Equipment Operator
  • Flower Picker
  • Flower Planter
  • Gardener
  • Golf Course Keeper
  • Golf Course Laborer
  • Grass Cutter
  • Grave Cleaner
  • Greens Cutter
  • Greens Keeper
  • Greens Laborer
  • Greenskeeper
  • Greenskeeper Laborer
  • Greensman
  • Ground Crewman
  • Ground Worker
  • Grounds Caretaker
  • Grounds Cleaner
  • Grounds Keeper
  • Grounds Maintenance Worker
  • Grounds Person
  • Grounds Worker
  • Grounds/Maintenance Specialist
  • Groundskeeper
  • Groundskeeping Maintenance
  • Groundskeeping Maintenance Worker
  • Groundskeeping Yardman
  • Groundsman
  • Hedge Trimmer
  • Horticultural Worker
  • Horticulture Worker
  • Indoor Landscaper/Gardener
  • Industrial-Commercial Groundskeeper
  • Interior Plant Caretaker
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Laborer
  • Land Clearer
  • Landscape and Yardwork Laborer
  • Landscape Crew Member
  • Landscape Foreman
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Landscape Management Technician
  • Landscape Specialist
  • Landscape Technician
  • Landscaper Helper
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping Laborer
  • Landscaping Specialist
  • Lawn Care Professional
  • Lawn Care Technician
  • Lawn Care Worker
  • Lawn Caretaker
  • Lawn Maintenance Worker
  • Lawn Mower
  • Lawn Mower Operator
  • Lawn Service Worker
  • Lawn Sprinkler Installer
  • Lawn Sprinkler Servicer
  • Maintenance Aide
  • Maintenance Groundman
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Mall Plant Caretaker
  • Mower Operator
  • Mowing Machine Operator
  • Nursery Helper
  • Orchid Transplanter
  • Outside Maintenance Worker
  • Park Keeper
  • Plant Care Worker
  • Sexton
  • Sexton Helper
  • Shrub Planter
  • Sod Cutter
  • Sod Stripper
  • Sodder
  • Sprinkler Installer
  • Tree Surgeon Helper
  • Turfgrass Technician
  • Utility Worker
  • Weed Burner
  • Weed Controller
  • Weed Cutter
  • Weed Thinner
  • Weeder
  • Yard Laborer
  • Yard Person
  • Yard Worker
  • Yardman


  • Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

    Education:

    Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Mow or edge lawns, using power mowers or edgers.
  • Shovel snow from walks, driveways, or parking lots and spread salt in those areas.
  • Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing, removing thatch, or trimming or edging around flower beds, walks, or walls.
  • Use hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge or brush trimmers, or axes.
  • Prune or trim trees, shrubs, or hedges, using shears, pruners, or chain saws.
  • Gather and remove litter.
  • Maintain or repair tools, equipment, or structures, such as buildings, greenhouses, fences, or benches, using hand or power tools.
  • Mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, or trees, using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders.
  • Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, burial sites, or other grounds features.
  • Water lawns, trees, or plants, using portable sprinkler systems, hoses, or watering cans.
  • Trim or pick flowers and clean flower beds.
  • Rake, mulch, and compost leaves.
  • Follow planned landscaping designs to determine where to lay sod, sow grass, or plant flowers or foliage.
  • Plant seeds, bulbs, foliage, flowering plants, grass, ground covers, trees, or shrubs and apply mulch for protection, using gardening tools.
  • Decorate gardens with stones or plants.
  • Maintain irrigation systems, including winterizing the systems and starting them up in spring.
  • Care for natural turf fields, making sure the underlying soil has the required composition to allow proper drainage and to support the grasses used on the fields.
  • Use irrigation methods to adjust the amount of water consumption and to prevent waste.
  • Haul or spread topsoil or spread straw over seeded soil to hold soil in place.
  • Advise customers on plant selection or care.
  • Care for artificial turf fields, periodically removing the turf and replacing cushioning pads or vacuuming and disinfecting the turf after use to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Plan or cultivate lawns or gardens.
  • Attach wires from planted trees to support stakes.
  • Install rock gardens, ponds, decks, drainage systems, irrigation systems, retaining walls, fences, planters, or playground equipment.
  • Mark design boundaries and paint natural or artificial turf fields with team logos or names before events.
  • Build forms and mix and pour cement to form garden borders.
  • Operate vehicles or powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain-saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, or pruning saws.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Aerial lift trucks
  • Arena rakes
  • Artificial turf groomers
  • Axes
  • Backhoes
  • Backpack blowers
  • Backpack pump sprayers
  • Box blades
  • Brush trimmers
  • Bucket loaders
  • Bunker rakes
  • Cargo trucks
  • Chain saws
  • Concrete mixers
  • Cultivators
  • Digital soil thermometers
  • Dirt shovels
  • Drag brooms
  • Drag leveling bars
  • Drag mats
  • Drag spikers
  • Drawn box scrapers
  • Dump trucks
  • Electrical cord reels
  • Extension ladders
  • Fertilizer spreaders
  • Field layout systems
  • Field painting stencils
  • Flail mowers
  • Flexible chain-link harrows
  • Forklifts
  • Front end loaders
  • Gas generators
  • Gas welders
  • Greens mowers
  • Ground picks
  • Ground tarps
  • Hammer drills
  • Hammers
  • Hand spreaders
  • Handheld power drills
  • Handsaws
  • Hedge shears
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Hex pluggers
  • Hoes
  • Hydraulic booms
  • Hydrostatic mowers
  • Infield grooming rakes
  • Iron rakes
  • Knife sharpeners
  • Ladders
  • Land levelers
  • Land planes
  • Landscape rakes
  • Leaf blowers
  • Leaf rakes
  • Leaf-grinding machines
  • Line trimmers
  • Loppers
  • Manual mowers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Measuring wheels
  • Mound slope gauges
  • Mulching forks
  • Nail drags
  • Oetiker clamps
  • Overseed enhancing tools
  • Paint sprayguns
  • Pallet trucks
  • Pick axes
  • Pipe cutters
  • Plow pan spikers
  • Pole saws
  • Power drills
  • Power rakes
  • Power saws
  • Power sweepers
  • Precision files
  • Pressurized sprayers
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Pruners
  • Pruning saws
  • Puddle pumps
  • Push mowers
  • Rakes
  • Reversible spike harrows
  • Riding mowers
  • Roller squeegees
  • Rubber mallets
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Salt spreaders
  • Saws
  • Screwdrivers
  • Scuffle hoes
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Shovels
  • Snow blowers
  • Snow shovels
  • Snowplow attachments
  • Socket wrenches
  • Sod lifters
  • Soil probes
  • Soil profilers
  • Soil pulverizers
  • Spades
  • Sprinklers
  • String trimmers
  • Tillers
  • Tractor broom attachments
  • Tractors
  • Trowels
  • Truck-mounted chemical sprayers
  • Turf rollers
  • Turf striping rollers
  • Turf sweepers
  • Utility vehicles
  • Wheeled paint sprayers
  • Wood chippers
  • X-drags
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word


  • building and grounds cleaning and maintenance


    industry stats

    SOC: 37-0000

    Total Employed: 4,407,050

    Average Annual Salary: $27,080