Horticulturist Salary (United States)

The majority of Horticulturists in the United States—just under three-fifths—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $23,617 to $53,512 per year and typically amount to $35,691 annually. Some workers in this field—about a third—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by around two-thirds and dental plans are enjoyed by about half. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Horticulturist Salary (?
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$29,730 - $55,853
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MEDIAN: $40,559
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Horticulturist Salary (?
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$9.82 - $24.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,730 - $55,853  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Total Pay (?
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$23,617 - $53,512  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $24.09  
   
Overtime
$11.55 - $35.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$23,617 - $53,512  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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Job Description for Horticulturist

  • 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.
Horticulturists do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Pay increases are minimal for Horticulturists just starting out. Salaries only go from $31K to $34K after a decade. Compensation is $38K after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Horticulturists after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $44K. Horticulturists with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Horticulturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 6%
National Average
$36,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Horticulturist Salaries

National Average
$36,000
up arrow 5%
Plant Maintenance
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 30%
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