Tree Trimmer / Pruner Salary

Male Tree Trimmers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $15.17 per hour in the United States. Compensation ranges from $11.59 per hour on the lower end to $22.67 on the higher end. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. About two in five enjoy medical while roughly one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in six. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,727 - $51,513
(Median)
$20K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,345
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$11.59 - $22.67
(Median)
$12
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,727 - $51,513  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
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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$24,468 - $49,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $22.67  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $29.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
   
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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$24,468 - $49,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Tree Trimmers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tree Trimmers make a median salary of $37K. As Tree Trimmers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $42K.

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Experience Affects Tree Trimmer / Pruner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 58%