Arborist Salary

A sizeable majority of Arborists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.76 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though experience level and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Arborists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although more than half have medical coverage and over a third have dental coverage, roughly two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,113 - $67,361
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,299
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$13.03 - $25.25
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,113 - $67,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,976  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,100  
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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$28,683 - $63,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $25.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.27  
Overtime
$19.31 - $37.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,976  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,100  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$28,683 - $63,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 390
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Arborist


Although The Davey Tree Expert Company leads the field in pay with a median salary of $42K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $34K on the low end all the way up to $70K at the top.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Asplundh Tree Expert Company, where the median salary is just $38K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $23K to $77K.

Pay by Experience Level for Arborist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $50K.

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Experience Affects Arborist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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