Arborist Salary

Men make up the majority of Arborists in the United States, bringing in about $17.44 per hour. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Most Arborists report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by two in five. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,445 - $70,245
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $44,158
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90%

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$12.57 - $24.32
(Median)
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,445 - $70,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $6,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,361  
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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$27,894 - $62,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.57 - $24.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $1.27  
Overtime
$19.44 - $35.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $6,000  
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).
)
$27,894 - $62,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318
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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 Bartlett Tree Experts leads the field in pay with a median salary of $41K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $30K on the low end all the way up to $56K at the top.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $77K, Asplundh Tree Expert Company still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $38K, the lowest in the field.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. Arborists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Arborist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $50K on average.

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Experience Affects Arborist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 38%
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