Tree Trimmer Job and Pay Stats

Wage, Salary, and Hourly Earnings Stats

Curated by Alan LaFrance
Published 1/14/2019

These statistics are curated from a United States Dept. of Labor Report, sourced below. The figures are the most up-to-date data available at the time of publishing, or the last update date, whichever is present.

According to the US Dept. of Labor, tree trimmers use sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts. Excludes workers who primarily perform duties of “Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation” and “Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers.”

Total Yearly Pay, Wages, or Salary

Average Yearly Wage $38,580
Average Yearly Wage vs US Average -23.79%

Tree Trimmer Hourly Pay

Median Hourly Wage $17.14
Average Hourly Wage $18.55

Highest Tree Trimmer Hourly Wages

Top 10% of Earners Hourly Wage $28.32
Top 25% of Earners Hourly Wage $22.73
Top 10% of Earners Annual Wage $58,910
Top 25% of Earners Annual Wage $47,270
Highest Paying Industry (Avg) Fed. Exec. Branch
HPI Hourly Average Wage $26.57
HPI Annual Average Wage $55,260

Tree Trimmer Employment Stats

Workers 75,130
Percent of Total US Workers 0.05%

Top 3 Industries by Employment

  1. Building & Dwelling Services
  2. Local Government
  3. Electrical Power Utilities

Top 5 States by Employment

  1. California (5,830 Employed)
  2. Texas (4,010 Employed)
  3. Florida (2,910 Employed)
  4. Pennsylvania (2,750 Employed)
  5. North Carolina (2,020 Employed)

Tree Trimmer Employment by State

Highest Paying States

  1. District of Columbia ($56,960)
  2. New Jersey ($52,470)
  3. Illinois ($52,060)
  4. Minnesota ($51,720)
  5. New York ($51,190)

Tree Trimmer Wages by State

Top 5 Metros / Cities by Employment

  1. Houston, TX (1,660 Employed)
  2. Oakland, CA (1,320 Employed)
  3. Oklahoma City, OK (740 Employed)
  4. New York City, NY (730 Employed)
  5. Philadelphia, PA (700 Employed)

Tree Trimmer Employment by Metro / City

Highest Paying Metros / Cities

  1. San Francisco, CA ($31.89 / $66,330)
  2. Chicago, IL ($29.29 / $60,920)
  3. New York City, NY ($27.98 / $58,200)
  4. Los Angeles, CA ($27.66 / $57,520)
  5. San Jose, CA ($25.73 / $53,530)

Tree Trimmer Wages by Metro / City

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Bureau of Labor Statistics – May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates


Alan LaFrance