Arborist Salary

Men make up the majority of Arborists in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.76 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Arborists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — close to two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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


For Arborists, comfortable salaries can be found at The Davey Tree Expert Company; in fact, average earnings are around $42K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($34K versus $70K) is great.

Offering a median of only $38K, Asplundh Tree Expert Company pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $23K on the lower end and $77K on the higher end.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $46K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Arborist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
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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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