Please note that Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz is a worker-led center. All of the rules and wages governing the hiring process have been developed by the general assembly of workers.
The wages below are minimum wages. Higher wages may be negotiated depending on the specifics of the job. The overall minimum wage for any job dispatched from the center is $18 and hour.
Most employers pay an average of $20 per hour. We encourage employers to pay fair and dignified wages to the workers!
The wages below are minimum wages. Higher wages may be negotiated depending on the specifics of the job. The overall minimum wage for any job dispatched from the center is $18 per hour.
|Min Wage/ Hr||Type of Job||Description
|General Labor||$18||Yard-work||Hand weeding; Yard cleaning, mowing and hedging; Garden maintenance and planting|
|$18||Exterior Home & Site Maintenance||i.e. Power washing, garage clean up (moving items up to 50 lbs), other general assistance|
|$18 / $25
|Weed-Whacking & High Weed Mowing||Using an employer’s weed-whacker or high weed whacker ($25/hr if the worker brings their own weed-whacker)|
|Painting Assistance||Brush and roller (preparation, cutting, taping, and cleanup)|
|$20||Pruning||Fruit trees, roses, grapes & other skilled pruning|
|$20||Landscaping Assistance||Irrigation maintenance; Landscape installation; Materials application (moving gravel, etc.)|
|$20||House Cleaning||General housecleaning (sweeping, mopping, bathrooms, kitchens etc.)
*Extra $10 fee to bring cleaning supplies
|$25*||Deep Cleaning||Deep Cleaning, Moving out or moving in.
*Extra $15 fee to bring cleaning supplies for deep cleaning jobs
|$20||Drywall Assistance||Installation; Mudding & Taping; Moving & removing|
|$25||Carpentry Assistance||Handyman work; Framing; Siding; Cabinetry; Retaining Walls & Fences|
|$25||Masonry Assistance||Installing patio pavers, retaining walls, cement walkways, brick, stone and tile, stone walls / fences|
|$25||Roofing Assistance||Installation and removal of shingles and other materials|
|Heavy Yard & Site Maintenance||Blackberry & large shrub removal; wood splitting & chipping; moving tree debris; loading trucks for dump runs|
|$20||Digging||Excavation, ditch-digging, holes, and drains|
|$20-$25||Moving||Moving boxes and other items Furniture, appliances, and other heavy items, as well as jobs involving stair sets and inclines, has a minimum wage of $25|
|$20||Demolition||Demolition or deconstruction of structures—requires hard hats|
|Removal of poison oak|
|Construction Site Clean Up||Cleaning debris and materials before, during, and after a construction project etc. (50 lbs+ at $20/hr minimum)|
|Use of Own Equipment||$60||Use of Truck||Removal of debris & yard waste, including moving (per trip + $18 hourly wage). Employer pays dump fees.|
***Workers are not licensed contractors.***