Grounds Managers


Grounds Managers


Grounds managers plan, design, and oversee the maintenance of gardens, parks, lawns, and other landscaped areas and supervise the care of the trees, plants, and shrubs that are part of these areas. Specific job responsibilities depend on the type of area involved. Grounds managers direct projects at private homes, parks, schools, arboretums, office parks, shopping malls, government offices, and botanical gardens. They are responsible for purchasing material and supplies and for training, directing, and supervising employees. Grounds...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree



Prior grounds management and landscaping experience required





Personality Traits

Hands On


Grounds managers who worked in the U.S. in November 2020 earned an average salary of $50,017, according to Salaries ranged from $37,000 or less to $90,000 or more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that first-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers employed in the U.S. in May 2019 earned a median salary of $49,370. Salaries ranged from $32,8...

Work Environment

Grounds managers spend part of their time outside and a portion of their workday in an office. Most of the outdoor work is done during daylight hours, but work takes place all year round in all types of weather conditions. Most people in the field work 37 to 40 hours a week, but overtime is especially likely during the summer months when grounds managers take advantage of the longer days and wa...


Employment for most workers in this field is expected to grow by up to10 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations, through 2029, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Job growth will be tempered into 2021, however, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Business closures and ongoing lockdowns have triggered an economic slowdown, with many companies cu...