Average Horticulturists in the United States make around $14.37 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. Women make up a slight majority of Horticulturists (52 percent) survey respondents. Most Horticulturists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,776 - $61,931
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$28K
$39K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,495
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$10.12 - $20.71
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$14
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,776 - $61,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,117  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Commission
$280.00  
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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$23,166 - $54,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $20.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07  
Overtime
$15.94 - $31.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,117  
   
Commission
$280.00  
Profit Sharing
$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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$23,166 - $54,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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Job Description for Horticulturist

Horticulturists have a variety of duties which revolve around the growing, breeding, and landscaping of plants. They are employed in a range of industries, including landscaping, nursery production, and plant science. Horticulturists generally spend most of their day outside, working to maintain the vitality of their plants.

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Horticulturist Tasks

  • Operate machinery and use tools to care for soil and plants.
  • Train, prune, fertilize, and care for perennials and annuals.
  • Water, mulch, trim, and care for lawns and plants.
  • Create living plant arrangements and displays in designated outdoor areas.

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Pay by Experience Level for Horticulturist

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


For Horticulturists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. Horticulturists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Horticulturist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $42K.

Horticulturist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Horticulturist in Cockeysville:
"Responsibility."
Push to take on more responsibility early on otherwise you might get stuck at the bottom for a long time. Challenge yourself!

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Experience Affects Horticulturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Horticulturist Salaries

Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000


Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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