Horticulturist Salary

The majority of Horticulturists in the United States — slightly more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $23K to $54K per year, and the median is $41K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up a slight majority of Horticulturists (53 percent) survey respondents. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and just under one-half have dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,847 - $57,840
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,550
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$9.79 - $23.14
(Median)
$9
$14
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,847 - $57,840  
   
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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$23,139 - $53,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $23.14  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $36.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$23,139 - $53,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Plant Maintenance, Design, and Maintenance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Maintenance and Design as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $31K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $33K. On average, Horticulturists make $38K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Horticulturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

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
28%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 29%
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