Arborist Salary

Male Arborists number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $17.39 per hour in the United States. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and roughly two-fifths have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Arborists is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,425 - $70,364
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,989
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90%

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$12.57 - $24.29
(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
$29,425 - $70,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,983  
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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$27,933 - $63,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.57 - $24.29  
   
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 - $2,983  
   
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).
)
$27,933 - $63,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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 boasts the highest average salary in town at $42K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $31K or as much as $59K.

Employees of Asplundh Tree Expert Company can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $38K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $23K to $77K.

Pay by Experience Level for Arborist

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


For Arborists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. Arborists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $49K.

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Experience Affects Arborist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
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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
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 38%
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