Tree Trimmer / Pruner Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Tree Trimmers earn an average of $15.06 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.50 per hour on the lower side but can approach $23.06 on the higher side. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Tree Trimmers. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while close to one-fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one-fifth. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,489 - $50,335
(Median)
$23K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,622
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$11.50 - $23.06
(Median)
$11
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,489 - $50,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $876  
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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$24,442 - $49,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $23.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$16.99 - $31.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $876  
   
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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$24,442 - $49,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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Job Description for Tree Trimmer / Pruner

  • Operate shredding and chipping equipment.
  • Trim and reshape trees to achieve attractive shapes according to customer specifications or to remove low-hanging branches.
  • 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.

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $31K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tree Trimmers make a median salary of $42K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Tree Trimmer / Pruner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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