|Salary||$27,524 - $60,719|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,087|
|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).)
|$22,965 - $53,278|
|Hourly Rate||$10.09 - $21.10|
|Overtime||$16.06 - $31.46|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,087|
|Total Pay (||$22,965 - $53,278|
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.Read More...
Training requirements vary greatly for horticulturists, depending on the field in which they're employed. Those who work in landscaping or nurseries should be physically-fit in order to keep up with the job's demanding duties. They must also be skilled in working with tools and chemicals like sprinkler systems, garden shears, and fertilizers. Nursery and landscape horticulturists typically learn on the job and require little formal training, while those who work in the science field often need formal education in the form of a Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in Biology or Plant Science.
Horticulturists must possess identification skills in order to correctly grow or design with the proper plant species. They must also be able to communicate with other staff and take directions well from supervisors. The ability to work in all weather conditions and locales is a must, and willingness to work non-traditional hours, such as early in the morning or on weekends, is often necessary. In science-related fields, employees must have experience in research and documentation of plant growth findings.
Before being employed, many horticulturalists must go through background checks and drug screenings. They may also be required to have a valid driver’s license in order to operate company vehicles and equipment.
- Water, mulch, trim, and care for lawns and plants.
- Create living plant arrangements and displays in designated outdoor areas.
- Operate machinery and use tools to care for soil and plants.
- Train, prune, fertilize, and care for perennials and annuals.
Pay by Experience Level for Horticulturist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Horticulturists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $37K. Horticulturists bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $42K.
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