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Occupation Snapshot | Landscaping and groundskeeping workers, 2015-2019 | August 2021


Background

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 2019, there were 912,660 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $15.56 and the average annual wage was $32,360.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In private industry for this occupation, there were 12,380 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 185.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

3,140

All other natures

2,900

Soreness, pain

2,410

Cuts, lacerations

2,010

Fractures

720

Part of body affected

Hand

1,840

Back

1,490

Multiple body parts

1,170

Knee

950

Ankle

750

Source of injury or illness

All other sources

4,050

Handtools

2,040

Worker motion or position

1,660

Vehicles

1,190

Machinery

1,070

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Struck by object or equipment

2,680

Animal and insect related incidents

1,160

Fall on same level

1,120

Slips, trips without fall

870

Struck against object or equipment

770

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, Source, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 124 for landscaping and groundskeeping workers during 2019, compared to 142 during 2018.

Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, all United States, 2015-2019
Event or exposure20152016201720182019

Total fatal injuries (number)

111125109142124

Violence and other injuries by persons or animals

11987

Transportation incidents

4762425049

Fires and explosions

Falls, slips, trips

2223182226

Exposure to harmful substances or environments

1513193529

Contact with objects and equipment

1517212614

[1] CFOI data by event are only provided if there are fatal case counts in three or more of the six event categories. For more information visit: https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshfat1.htm.

[2] Data shown correspond to Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Note: Dashes indicate data do not meet BLS publication guidelines.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Sources

Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) 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 and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: August 5, 2021