Arborist Salary (United States)

Male Arborists number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $17.03 per hour in the United States. Pay starts at $12.43 per hour and can approach $23.34 on the higher side. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Some workers in this field—about a third—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by 41 percent. Most Arborists report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Arborist Salary (?
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$29,703 - $67,355
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MEDIAN: $41,846
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Arborist Salary (?
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$12.43 - $23.34
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,703 - $67,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $4,069  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,590  
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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$27,488 - $60,368  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.43 - $23.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $0.76  
Overtime
$19.04 - $32.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $4,069  
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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$27,488 - $60,368  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Arborist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Arborists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Though starting salaries approximate $35K, they climb to $41K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $44K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Arborists encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $44K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$39,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Although location is not a huge compensation factor, workers in Denver earn a little above the national average. Arborists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+3 percent).

Experience Affects Arborist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 37%
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