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Arborist Salary

Men account for the majority of Arborists in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.38 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Although the larger part have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Arborists report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,343 - $69,645
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,335
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$12.60 - $24.52
(Median)
$13
$17
$25
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
$29,343 - $69,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$27,941 - $63,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $24.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $0.76  
Overtime
$19.25 - $36.38  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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).
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$27,941 - $63,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Arborist


The Davey Tree Expert Company attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $41K.

Asplundh Tree Expert Company reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $38K) but some workers make up to $77K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. For Arborists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Arborists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $46K.

 
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Experience Affects Arborist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 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
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 37%
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