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 $17.44 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the particular city and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Although roughly two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and around two in five get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Arborists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,465 - $70,126

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$12.60 - $24.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,465 - $70,126  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,048  
Profit Sharing
$1,487 - $5,896  
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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$27,973 - $62,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $24.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $1.27  
Overtime
$19.06 - $36.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,048  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$1,487 - $5,896  
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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$27,973 - $62,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 325
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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


Arborists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Bartlett Tree Experts, where the median salary comes to $41K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($30K) and those starting out ($56K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Bringing up the rear, Asplundh Tree Expert Company's median pay of $38K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $77K.

Pay by Experience Level for Arborist

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


Arborists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Arborists make $45K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Arborist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

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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
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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
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 39%
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