Arborist Salary

Men make up the majority of Arborists in the United States, bringing in about $18.30 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a little over a half and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one in three. Most Arborists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,486 - $66,862
$29K
$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $45,311
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$13.93 - $25.61
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MEDIAN: $18.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,486 - $66,862  
   
Bonus
$412.17 - $11,635  
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
Commission
$10,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,659 - $62,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.93 - $25.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$20.82 - $39.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$412.17 - $11,635  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,659 - $62,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 363

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Job Description for Arborist

An arborist is responsible for trimming, hedging, and removing trees within their area of supervision. These duties are performed through the use of hand-powered tools, electric-powered tools, and (often) with their bare hands. Arborists should ideally have a natural "green thumb" and strive to keep trees active, healthy, and thriving. They also plant trees and perform general landscaping duties. They take part in designing park and other venue layouts with planted trees.

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Arborist Tasks

  • Inspect trees and shrubs, identifying course of growth and necessary maintenance.
  • Operate and maintain equipment and tools.
  • Safely remove trees.
  • Document labor, equipment usage, and state of plants.
  • Trim and prune trees and shrubs, clearing debris and ensuring health of plants.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Arborist


Employees of The Davey Tree Expert Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $46K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $38K to $70K.

Asplundh Tree Expert Company is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $38K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $23K while workers on the upper end may rake in $77K.

Pay by Experience Level for Arborist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $44K. For Arborists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Arborists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $51K.

Key Stats for Arborist

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Arborist Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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