Occupation Snapshot | Landscaping and groundskeeping workers, 2016–2020 | January 2022
Landscaping and groundskeeping workers 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.
As of May 2020, there were 872,370 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $16.25, and the average annual wage was $33,800.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for landscaping and groundskeeping workers, there were 10,170 nonfatal injury and illness cases involving days away from work in 2020. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 177.1.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 116 for landscaping and groundskeeping workers during 2020, compared to 124 during 2019.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 11, 2022