Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Tree Trimmers earn an average of $14.80 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than half — do not have any health coverage, just under a half do receive medical benefits and slightly less than a third have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$20,134 - $51,825
(Median)
$20K
$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,632
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50%
90%

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$11.36 - $23.86
(Median)
$11
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,134 - $51,825  
   
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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$24,411 - $51,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.36 - $23.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$15.74 - $32.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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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$24,411 - $51,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $40K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Tree Trimmer / Pruner Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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