Horticulturist Salary

Horticulturists who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly more than half of Horticulturists. Pay fluctuates from $23K to $55K per year, but expected earnings average $41K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one-half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,770 - $58,692

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$9.81 - $23.53

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,770 - $58,692  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
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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$23,120 - $54,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $23.53  
   
Overtime
$11.94 - $36.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
   
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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$23,120 - $54,731  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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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Horticulturists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Plant Maintenance, Design, and Maintenance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Maintenance and Design as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Horticulturist

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


For Horticulturists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $31K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Horticulturists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $44K.

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Experience Affects Horticulturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Horticulturist Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 4%

Maintenance
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 28%
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