Arborist Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Arborists in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.03 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $12.43 per hour to $23.34. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While around one third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and 41 percent have dental, as well. Most workers in this position 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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MEDIAN: $17.00
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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  
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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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Starting out, salaries fall in the $35K range but grow to $41K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $44K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Arborists earning an average of $44K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$39,000
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Individuals in Denver make slightly more than the national average; however, regional differences in pay are not too considerable for those in this occupation. 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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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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