Tree Trimmer / Pruner Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Tree Trimmers earn an average of $15.01 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Work is enjoyable for Tree Trimmers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — over one-half — do not have any health coverage, just under one-half do receive medical benefits and roughly a third have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,273 - $51,289
$20K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,360
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50%
90%

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$11.49 - $24.46
$11
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,273 - $51,289  
   
Bonus
$257.60 - $3,878  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$24,378 - $52,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $24.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$16.61 - $36.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$257.60 - $3,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$24,378 - $52,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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Job Description for Tree Trimmer / Pruner

  • Cut away dead or excess tree branches and clear branches from power lines.
  • Climb trees using hooks and belts, or climb ladders to gain access.
  • Operate shredding and chipping equipment.
  • Trim and reshape trees to achieve attractive shapes according to customer specifications or to remove low-hanging branches.

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Pay by Experience Level for Tree Trimmer / Pruner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $31K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $36K. Tree Trimmers see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Key Stats for Tree Trimmer / Pruner

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Tree Trimmer / Pruner Salaries

Experienced
▲28%

Late-Career
▲27%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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