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Horticulturist Salary

Horticulturists who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than three-fifths of Horticulturists. Pay fluctuates from $23K to $53K per year, but expected earnings average $41K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Horticulturists report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and a little less than one-half have dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Horticulturists (54 percent) survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,041 - $55,296
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,633
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$9.78 - $24.15
(Median)
$9
$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,041 - $55,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
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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$23,406 - $53,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $24.15  
   
Overtime
$11.83 - $36.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
   
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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$23,406 - $53,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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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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Professional skills reported by Horticulturists are few in number. 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 many Horticulturists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $34K. Horticulturists bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $44K.

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Experience Affects Horticulturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Horticulturist Salaries

National Average
$36,000

up arrow 5%

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 7%

Maintenance
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 30%