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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 “Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers” (37-3011) and “Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation” (37-3012).


National estimates for Tree Trimmers and Pruners
Industry profile for Tree Trimmers and Pruners
Geographic profile for Tree Trimmers and Pruners

National estimates for Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
41,920 5.8 % $ 22.81 $ 47,450 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.51 $ 18.32 $ 22.58 $ 27.96 $ 30.87
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,180 $ 38,110 $ 46,970 $ 58,160 $ 64,210


Industry profile for Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 36,560 1.70 $ 22.54 $ 46,890
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,310 0.04 $ 26.85 $ 55,840
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 910 0.24 $ 25.79 $ 53,650
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 580 0.08 $ 21.21 $ 44,110
Employment Services 380 0.01 $ 17.08 $ 35,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 36,560 1.70 $ 22.54 $ 46,890
Logging 120 0.24 $ 21.84 $ 45,420
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 910 0.24 $ 25.79 $ 53,650
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 580 0.08 $ 21.21 $ 44,110
Utility System Construction 270 0.05 $ 28.12 $ 58,490

Top paying industries for Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 60 (7) $ 30.63 $ 63,710
Utility System Construction 270 0.05 $ 28.12 $ 58,490
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,310 0.04 $ 26.85 $ 55,840
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 910 0.24 $ 25.79 $ 53,650
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 170 0.01 $ 25.59 $ 53,220


Geographic profile for Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

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



Map of employment of tree trimmers and pruners by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,870 0.48 1.60 $ 27.25 $ 56,690
New York 2,820 0.33 1.09 $ 26.87 $ 55,880
Florida 2,050 0.24 0.80 $ 18.41 $ 38,300
Washington 1,850 0.58 1.94 $ 25.84 $ 53,750
Virginia 1,750 0.47 1.57 $ 18.87 $ 39,250


Map of location quotient of tree trimmers and pruners by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 600 0.91 3.06 $ 18.90 $ 39,310
Alaska 250 0.84 2.83 $ 30.53 $ 63,500
Maine 500 0.84 2.82 $ 22.54 $ 46,870
New Hampshire 390 0.62 2.07 $ 18.89 $ 39,290
Connecticut 950 0.60 2.02 $ 27.59 $ 57,390


Map of annual mean wages of tree trimmers and pruners by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 250 0.84 2.83 $ 30.53 $ 63,500
Illinois 420 0.07 0.25 $ 29.21 $ 60,760
Wyoming 140 0.52 1.74 $ 29.10 $ 60,530
Connecticut 950 0.60 2.02 $ 27.59 $ 57,390
California 7,870 0.48 1.60 $ 27.25 $ 56,690



Map of employment of tree trimmers and pruners by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,520 0.29 0.97 $ 28.52 $ 59,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,040 0.36 1.20 $ 26.67 $ 55,480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,210 0.41 1.39 $ 21.68 $ 45,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,090 0.71 2.40 $ 25.87 $ 53,810
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,030 0.53 1.80 $ 27.16 $ 56,490
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 910 0.66 2.21 $ 26.09 $ 54,270
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 720 0.32 1.08 $ 29.76 $ 61,890
St. Louis, MO-IL 700 0.55 1.84 $ 23.49 $ 48,870
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 650 0.36 1.22 $ 20.43 $ 42,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 650 0.25 0.84 $ 20.23 $ 42,070


Map of location quotient of tree trimmers and pruners by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Rosa, CA 360 1.89 6.36 $ 30.08 $ 62,570
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 410 1.41 4.73 $ 16.28 $ 33,870
Portland-South Portland, ME 270 1.39 4.66 $ 22.10 $ 45,970
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 190 1.32 4.43 $ 19.86 $ 41,310
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 60 1.25 4.20 $ 17.26 $ 35,900
Rochester, NY 570 1.20 4.04 $ 25.70 $ 53,460
Anchorage, AK 190 1.18 3.98 $ 30.90 $ 64,280
Bellingham, WA 90 1.04 3.51 $ 25.90 $ 53,860
Kingston, NY 50 0.90 3.03 $ 24.78 $ 51,550
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 260 0.87 2.94 $ 26.28 $ 54,660


Map of annual mean wages of tree trimmers and pruners by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 250 0.67 2.26 $ 31.79 $ 66,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 560 0.52 1.75 $ 31.73 $ 66,000
Anchorage, AK 190 1.18 3.98 $ 30.90 $ 64,280
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 300 0.07 0.24 $ 30.27 $ 62,960
Santa Rosa, CA 360 1.89 6.36 $ 30.08 $ 62,570
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 720 0.32 1.08 $ 29.76 $ 61,890
Eugene, OR 100 0.71 2.37 $ 29.16 $ 60,660
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,520 0.29 0.97 $ 28.52 $ 59,330
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 210 0.39 1.30 $ 27.68 $ 57,570
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 530 0.54 1.83 $ 27.55 $ 57,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 220 0.89 2.99 $ 25.16 $ 52,340
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 0.66 2.23 $ 15.08 $ 31,360
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 1.23 4.12 $ 20.63 $ 42,910
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 1.06 3.55 $ 22.59 $ 46,990
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.59 1.98 $ 15.63 $ 32,510

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 1.23 4.12 $ 20.63 $ 42,910
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 1.14 3.84 $ 22.79 $ 47,400
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 1.06 3.55 $ 22.59 $ 46,990
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 1.03 3.45 $ 18.86 $ 39,220
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.92 3.08 $ 16.70 $ 34,740

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Tree Trimmers and Pruners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 1.48 $ 30.12 $ 62,640
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.78 $ 28.00 $ 58,250
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.07 $ 27.68 $ 57,580
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 1.74 $ 25.56 $ 53,170
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 25.43 $ 52,900


About May 2021 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022