Continuing a subtle trend, compensation in the green industry shows signs of improving.

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Is that light we see at the end of the tunnel?

We may not yet have cause to celebrate – unless the party planners are fiscally responsible – but information from our annual Wage & Benefits survey shows that things are, indeed, looking up. This past year (we’re reporting for 2012), more companies reported that wages increased compared to 2011, when the majority of respondents claimed that wages were stable. Where decreases were reported, they were slight – in the range of 1% to 5%. It’s not a huge leap, but we’ll take any good news we can get.

The average hourly wage also increased, somewhat significantly. More full time personnel received pay in the $12 to $15 range, a jump from 2011’s majority earning $10 to $12. For part time and seasonal crews, the average wages increased to $10 to $12.

Data from American Nurseryman’s Wage & Benefits survey for 2012 follow in an easy-to-access, graphic presentation.

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