What does a Landscaper do?

A landscaper is responsible for building and maintaining gardens, parks, property buildings, and other outdoor landscapes. They ensure plant growth, the cleanliness of outdoor facilities and pruning of overgrown hedges. Additionally, landscapers supervise maintenance repairs and equipment, landscape structures, outdoor furniture and walkways. Landscapers usually work for a landscaping company or as a municipal employee maintaining city parks, playgrounds, and other public spaces.

A high school diploma or equivalent certification is required for landscapers as well as two years landscaping or groundskeeping experience. Successful landscapers are detail-oriented with exceptional organizational skills with great stamina. Ideal landscapers possess a strong knowledge of pest management and basic lawn maintenance.

  • Perform general maintenance duties such as cleaning walkways, fixing fountains, and applying plaster
  • Conduct minor repairs and maintenance procedures on equipment utilized in groundskeeping
  • Utilize pesticides to rid grounds of pests such as mosquitos, wasps, and ticks
  • Efficiently apply fertilizer to property grounds to enhance growth
  • Safely cut grounds using hand, power or riding mower for trimming edges around walkways, flower beds, and walls
  • Monitor property grounds to ensure a pleasant appearance
  • Be willing to train and enhance knowledge in assigned duties
  • Ensure grounds are free of weeds and dead plants
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience in a landscaping or groundskeeping role
  • Must be able to safely operate maintenance equipment including lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and hedge trimmers
  • Strong knowledge of pest management and basic lawn maintenance
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of horticulture
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a variety of outside conditions for long periods of time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Landscaper Salaries

Average Base Pay

$33,545 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$24K
Median: $34K
$47K
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Landscaper Career Path

Learn how to become a Landscaper, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Landscaper
$33,545/yr
L3
L4
Lead Landscaper
$40,853/yr
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Landscaper Insights

Read what Landscaper professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Jet AirwaysJet Airways
Ground Staff
Sep 7, 2021

“Odd timing and stressful and none to provide training properly..you are on your own.”

Straightcurve
Landscaping
May 29, 2021

“Our flexible edging – Flexline – is entirely flexible yet incredibly sturdy making it unbelievably easy to work with.”

Bartlett Tree ExpertsBartlett Tree Experts
Groundsman
Jun 28, 2021

“It was fun and great workout”

Blossoms Garden Design
Professional Gardener
Jan 17, 2022

“The crew I worked with was super helpful and fun.”

Shelburne MuseumShelburne Museum
Groundskeeper
Jul 18, 2021

“department or internal career growth (I applied internally for a job and didn't get an interview.”

Gulf Breeze Landscaping
Landscaper
Oct 22, 2020

“At the end of the day it is still Landscaping and it will not pay much.”

Green Landscape Solutions
Landscaper
Aug 9, 2021

“I was getting decent pat for my starting and i was feeling pretty good for working as a field member.”

Global VoicesGlobal Voices
Etudiant En Alternance
Aug 31, 2020

“great scenery close to the Scottish Highlands”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a landscaper

When working as a landscaper, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Disassembly, Logical Thinking, English Language, Mowing, and Effective Communication.

The most similar professions to landscaper are:
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction
  • Construction Superintendent

The most common qualifications to become a landscaper include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.