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Horticulturist Salary

Horticulturists in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with over one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $40K per year on average but can range from $23K to $54K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. For the most part, Horticulturists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and nearly one-half receive dental plans. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,967 - $57,205
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,330
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$9.88 - $23.80
(Median)
$9
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,967 - $57,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
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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$23,331 - $53,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $23.80  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $35.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
   
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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$23,331 - $53,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Plant Maintenance, Design, and Maintenance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Maintenance and Design, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

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 incomes from more experience in the field. Horticulturists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $31K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $33K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Horticulturists make a median salary of $38K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $43K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Horticulturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Horticulturist Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 4%

Maintenance
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
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%