Pay Scale

Please note that CLG is a worker-led center. All of the rules and wages governing the hiring process have been developed by workers through twice weekly general assemblies.

The wages below are minimum wages. Higher wages may be negotiated depending on the specifics of the job.


Min Wage/Hr

Type of Job


General Labor



Hand weeding; Yard cleaning, mowing and hedging; Garden maintenance and planting


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)



Agricultural work including de-leafing, harvesting, and planting

Skilled Labor


Painting Assistance

Brush and roller (preparation, cutting, taping, and cleanup)



Fruit trees, roses, grapes & other skilled pruning


Landscaping Assistance

Irrigation maintenance; Landscape installation; Materials application (moving gravel, etc.)


House Cleaning

General housecleaning (sweeping, mopping, bathrooms, kitchens etc.)

*Extra $10 fee to bring cleaning supplies


Deep Cleaning

Deep Cleaning, Moving out or moving in.

*Extra $15 fee to bring cleaning supplies for deep cleaning jobs


Drywall Assistance

Installation; Mudding & Taping; Moving & removing


Carpentry Assistance

Handyman work; Framing; Siding; Cabinetry; Retaining Walls & Fences


Masonry Assistance

Installing patio pavers, retaining walls, cement walkways, brick, stone and tile, stone walls / fences


Roofing Assistance

Installation and removal of shingles and other materials

Heavy Labor


Heavy Yard & Site Maintenance

Blackberry & large shrub removal; wood splitting & chipping; moving tree debris; loading trucks for dump runs



Excavation, ditch-digging, holes, and drains



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



Demolition or deconstruction of structures—requires hard hats


Poison Oak

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


Use of Truck

Removal of debris & yard waste, including moving (per trip + $18 hourly wage). Employer pays dump fees.


 Centro Laboral de Graton does not do any kind of pesticide or herbicide application, plumbing, or electrical work.


***Workers are not licensed contractors.***

Contractors State License Requirement

In California all businesses or individuals who construct, or alter, or offer to construct or alter any building, highway, road, parking facility, excavation or other structure in California must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) if the total cost (labor and materials) of one or more contracts on the projects is $500 or more.  Licenses maybe issued individuals, partnerships, corporations, joint venture or limited liability companies (LLC).

Owner-Builder Exemption and Responsibilities

Owner-builders who build or improve structures on their own property are not required to be licensed if they either do the work themselves or use their own employees (paid in wages).  However, Owner-Builders hiring workers are subject to employment laws that include securing workers compensation insurance. Additional information regarding workers compensation insurance requirements can be accessed at

Penalty for Unlicensed Practice

Contracting without a license is usually a misdemeanor.  Unlicensed contractors face a first offense sentence of six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine, and potential administrative fines of $200 to $15,000.

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