NALP seeks input on landscape industry compensation

Report aims to ‘dispel the myth’ that landscape careers are unprofitable
NALP hopes to dispel the myth that landscapers can't earn a decent living.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals recently launched a nationwide survey in an endeavor to collect comprehensive, reliable data about the financial opportunities provided by a career in the landscape industry.

The landscaping industry has struggled to find qualified workers. It’s physically demanding work, sometimes in extreme temperatures, and studies documenting the pecuniary benefits report a broad range of potential salaries.

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“Information currently available in the U.S. misrepresents earning potential within our industry, and we need your data in order to dispel the myth that individuals cannot earn a decent living by owning or working for a landscape company,” NALP wrote in an email to members announcing the survey.

Colorado is among the top five states with the highest concentration of landscape workers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, with a mean annual wage of $31,750, as of May 2017, it’s far from the most lucrative state for landscape workers. Annual wages range from $20,780 to $45,200, BLS found. Nationwide, annual wages range from a low of $17,390 in Mississippi to a high of $53,310 in Minnesota.

Over the next several weeks, NALP will gather data from members and nonmembers about their company benefits and compensation. The survey will be open until March 1.

Jennifer Myers, director of workforce development for NALP, noted that the association is “working closely with state associations to help market to their contacts (both member and non-member).”

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NALP is working with an independent research firm, Industry Insights Inc., to collect, protect and analyze the data that respondents provide.

Click here to contribute to the report. NALP will provide respondents with a free copy of the report when it’s completed, including data tables with state-specific results, an online app with searchable results and an interactive graphic. The final report is expected in Summer 2019.


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