A pool service professional will make about $50 – $60 per hour cleaning and servicing pools. That amount will increase to $150 – $200 per hour doing minor repairs/maintenance on the pool equipment. The expenses to run a pool service business should be about 20% of the monthly service billing amount. The primary expenses in a pool service business are pool chemicals, gas, insurance and office supplies. The average pool route business owner, running the route correctly should have a yearly net income (income after expenses) of $80,000 to $90,000 per year. This net income amount will vary slightly depending on the average service rates for the area.
The key to running a pool service route correctly is keeping the expenses to a minimum and making sure you are charging the proper rates for pool service in your area. You can help keep expenses lower by running your business out of your house, using a small truck to save on gas and shopping the different suppliers for the best prices on chemicals and equipment.
A pool service professional with a monthly service billing amount of $6,000 receives $72,000 per year servicing/cleaning pools. As stated above, expenses for running a pool service business are approximately 20% of the service billing amount. This pool service professional will have a net income from “service only” of approximately $57,600 ($72,000 – 20% expenses). The amount of income generated from minor repairs/maintenance and the sale of pool parts/accessories should be about 50% of the service net amount (It may take a new pool service professional a year or more in the business before they will make repair/maintenance income around 50% of service net). In this example the pool service professional will have a net income of about $57,000 from pool service and an additional $28,000 net income from minor repairs/maintenance and selling pool parts/accessories. The total annual net income the pool professional in this example will make is about $85,000.