Tree Trimmer / Pruner Salary

Tree Trimmers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.06 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.50 per hour on the low end to $23.06 on the high end. Most Tree Trimmers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to more than two-fifths, and approximately one-fourth earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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
10%
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90%

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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.


Tree Trimmers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $31K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $36K. Tree Trimmers see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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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