Horticulturist Salary

Horticulturists who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over one-half of Horticulturists. Pay fluctuates from $23K to $54K per year, but expected earnings average $41K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Horticulturists (54 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and slightly less than one-half have dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,832 - $57,905
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,636
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90%

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$9.81 - $23.64
(Median)
$9
$14
$24
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 - $2,017  
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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$23,171 - $54,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $23.64  
   
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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$23,171 - $54,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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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Survey takers who work as Horticulturists typically report just a few professional skills. 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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $31K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $33K. On average, Horticulturists make $38K following one to two decades on the job. 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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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
54 %
Male
46 %

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: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 29%
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