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Horticulturist Salary

Horticulturists in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $41K annually on average but can range from $23K to $54K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,832 - $57,905
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,630
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$9.80 - $23.22
(Median)
$9
$14
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,832 - $57,905  
   
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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$23,247 - $53,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $23.22  
   
Overtime
$11.89 - $36.53  
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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$23,247 - $53,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Design, Plant Maintenance, and Maintenance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Maintenance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Plant Maintenance and Design also typically command lower compensation.

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. 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 $33K. For Horticulturists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $38K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $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 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Horticulturist Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Design
up arrow 3%

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 4%

Maintenance
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 28%
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