Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

37-3013 Tree Trimmers and Pruners

Using 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" (37-3012) and "Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers" (37-3011).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
38,530 5.1 % $15.85 $32,970 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.56 $11.81 $15.06 $18.74 $23.82
Annual Wage (2) $19,880 $24,570 $31,320 $38,980 $49,550


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 32,200 1.80 $15.26 $31,740
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,210 0.06 $20.08 $41,770
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,380 0.35 $19.26 $40,070
Employment Services 440 0.01 $13.37 $27,820
State Government (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $19.81 $41,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 32,200 1.80 $15.26 $31,740
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,380 0.35 $19.26 $40,070
Logging 120 0.24 $16.14 $33,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,210 0.06 $20.08 $41,770
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 80 0.02 $16.11 $33,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $25.72 $53,510
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,210 0.06 $20.08 $41,770
State Government (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $19.81 $41,200
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,380 0.35 $19.26 $40,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 180 0.01 $18.76 $39,010


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,270 0.38 1.25 $17.06 $35,490
Texas 3,700 0.36 1.19 $13.96 $29,030
North Carolina 2,080 0.54 1.81 $14.01 $29,140
Ohio 2,020 0.41 1.35 $15.58 $32,400
Tennessee 1,670 0.64 2.14 $13.15 $27,360




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 480 0.82 2.72 $14.61 $30,400
Tennessee 1,670 0.64 2.14 $13.15 $27,360
Oklahoma 910 0.61 2.03 $10.80 $22,470
Arkansas 660 0.58 1.93 $14.68 $30,530
Missouri 1,440 0.55 1.84 $14.57 $30,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $21.24 $44,180
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $20.74 $43,140
Colorado 100 0.05 0.16 $20.27 $42,160
Illinois 1,440 0.26 0.86 $20.00 $41,600
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $19.91 $41,410





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,710 0.67 2.23 $15.65 $32,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.25 0.85 $15.81 $32,890
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 900 0.25 0.84 $20.47 $42,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 780 0.35 1.16 $15.00 $31,210
Oklahoma City, OK 750 1.32 4.38 $10.48 $21,790
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 680 0.86 2.86 $13.33 $27,730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 650 0.74 2.46 $15.03 $31,260
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 630 0.51 1.71 $17.09 $35,550
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 580 0.70 2.32 $16.03 $33,350
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 500 1.52 5.05 $14.36 $29,870




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 190 3.11 10.35 $19.33 $40,200
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 230 2.78 9.26 $18.73 $38,950
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 500 1.52 5.05 $14.36 $29,870
Oklahoma City, OK 750 1.32 4.38 $10.48 $21,790
Charlottesville, VA 80 0.88 2.92 $17.47 $36,340
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 680 0.86 2.86 $13.33 $27,730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 650 0.74 2.46 $15.03 $31,260
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 580 0.70 2.32 $16.03 $33,350
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,710 0.67 2.23 $15.65 $32,550
Wilmington, NC 80 0.59 1.97 $10.93 $22,740




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $25.57 $53,190
Utica-Rome, NY (8) (8) (8) $23.10 $48,040
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.14 0.46 $22.63 $47,080
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.06 $45,870
Springfield, MA-CT 50 0.17 0.55 $21.38 $44,470
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $21.36 $44,440
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.35 $44,410
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.12 $43,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 460 0.09 0.30 $21.01 $43,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 900 0.25 0.84 $20.47 $42,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 240 2.56 8.52 $19.47 $40,500
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.51 5.03 $14.14 $29,420
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 180 1.14 3.80 $10.07 $20,950
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 140 0.94 3.13 $13.93 $28,970
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 0.62 2.06 $16.59 $34,500

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 240 2.56 8.52 $19.47 $40,500
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.51 5.03 $14.14 $29,420
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 180 1.14 3.80 $10.07 $20,950
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 140 0.94 3.13 $13.93 $28,970
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.85 2.83 $13.64 $28,380

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.24 $22.65 $47,100
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 240 2.56 8.52 $19.47 $40,500
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.66 $36,740
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.08 $35,530
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.83 $35,000


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012