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Arborist Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Arborists in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.03 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and nearly two in five claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Arborists is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Arborist Salary (?
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$29,703 - $67,355
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MEDIAN: $41,846
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Arborist Salary (?
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$12.43 - $23.34
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,703 - $67,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $4,069  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,590  
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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$27,488 - $60,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.43 - $23.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $0.76  
Overtime
$19.04 - $32.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $4,069  
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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$27,488 - $60,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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
  • Document labor, equipment usage, and state of plants.
  • Trim and prune trees and shrubs, clearing debris and ensuring health of plants.
  • Safely remove trees.
  • Inspect trees and shrubs, identifying course of growth and necessary maintenance.
  • Operate and maintain equipment and tools.

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Pay by Experience Level for Arborist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Arborists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. Arborists see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $44K. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly a tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$39,000
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Arborists working in Denver earn a little more than the national average. That said, location does not seem to play a huge role in determining pay for this role. Arborists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+3 percent).
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Experience Affects Arborist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 37%