The Average Salary of a Greenskeeper

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Greenskeepers have to keep the grass green and at the correct length at all times.
Greenskeepers have to keep the grass green and at the correct length at all times. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Golf courses are known for their beautiful grass or "greens." Greens are mowed much more often than a typical yard and fertilizer is applied regularly; therefore, greenskeepers are critical in maintaining golf course greens. Greenskeeper salaries vary based on location throughout the country.

Hourly Salary Range

In looking at the salary of a greenseeper on an hourly basis, you'll see that according to a June 1, 2011 Salary Expert survey, the average greenskeeper salaries ranged from a low of $17.66 in Houston, Texas, to a high of $26.78 in Manhattan, New York. Almost at New York levels was Los Angeles, California, with greenskeepers earning an average salary of $25.42 per hour. Orlando and Chicago average salaries came in slightly lower at $24.29 and $23.79.

A well-manicured green makes all the difference in the game of golf.
A well-manicured green makes all the difference in the game of golf. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Hourly Salaries in Other Cities

Salaries in other cities were fairly consistent; Atlanta, Georgia, and Phoenix, Arizona, paid greenskeepers an average of $23.03 and $23.48, respectively. Charlotte, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida, paid their greenskeepers $22.08 and $21.96, while Dallas, Texas, paid its greenskeepers an average of only $20.63.

Greens often border on lakes in many golf courses.
Greens often border on lakes in many golf courses. (Image: Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Annual Salaries

Greenskeepers also often have head greenskeepers who can be paid on an annual salary basis. On the low end of the scale, Houston, Texas, paid its head greenskeepers an average of $31,153 per year, with Dallas, Texas, paying slightly more at $36,382. The next highest salary in the 10-city survey was Miami, Florida, which paid $38,726 and Charlotte, North Carolina, which paid $38,946.

In addition to mowing, greens require a great deal of water.
In addition to mowing, greens require a great deal of water. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Higher-end Head Greenskeeper Salaries

At the higher end of the scale, head greenskeepers in Atlanta, Georgia, earned $40,613 and $41,964 in Chicago, Illinois. While in Orlando, Florida, they earned slightly more at $42,838. In Los Angeles, California, they earned $44,825 while once again the highest greenskeeper salaries were paid in Manhattan, New York, at $47,234.

Mowing around sand traps can be tricky and requires a skilled greenskeeper.
Mowing around sand traps can be tricky and requires a skilled greenskeeper. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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