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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
42,440 5.3 % $19.47 $40,510 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.70 $14.57 $18.36 $23.88 $29.48
Annual Wage (2) $24,330 $30,300 $38,190 $49,680 $61,310


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 36,460 1.70 $18.94 $39,400
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,530 0.05 $24.57 $51,110
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 910 0.13 $18.28 $38,020
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 890 0.23 $22.32 $46,420
Employment Services 290 0.01 $19.94 $41,480

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 36,460 1.70 $18.94 $39,400
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 890 0.23 $22.32 $46,420
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 910 0.13 $18.28 $38,020
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,530 0.05 $24.57 $51,110
Utility System Construction 100 0.02 $17.14 $35,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Real Estate (8) (8) $27.02 $56,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 60 (7) $26.64 $55,400
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $26.27 $54,640
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,530 0.05 $24.57 $51,110
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 120 (7) $23.83 $49,560


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 6,840 0.40 1.37 $23.08 $48,010
Texas 3,150 0.26 0.89 $15.69 $32,630
Pennsylvania 3,030 0.52 1.77 $17.08 $35,530
Florida 2,810 0.33 1.11 $14.50 $30,150
New York 2,030 0.22 0.74 $25.08 $52,170




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)
Vermont 370 1.20 4.10 $19.02 $39,560
New Hampshire 700 1.08 3.68 $20.06 $41,710
Alaska 280 0.90 3.07 $24.02 $49,970
South Dakota 280 0.66 2.26 $18.02 $37,480
West Virginia 360 0.52 1.76 $16.48 $34,270




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) $28.99 $60,290
Washington 740 0.23 0.77 $26.86 $55,860
Minnesota 620 0.22 0.74 $25.87 $53,820
New York 2,030 0.22 0.74 $25.08 $52,170
Illinois 360 0.06 0.21 $24.03 $49,990





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,300 0.38 1.28 $25.92 $53,910
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,740 0.58 1.99 $15.08 $31,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,680 0.54 1.83 $23.00 $47,850
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,430 0.15 0.51 $27.56 $57,330
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,140 0.40 1.36 $17.82 $37,070
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,030 0.29 0.98 $16.62 $34,580
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,020 0.75 2.56 $20.23 $42,070
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 880 0.34 1.16 $15.76 $32,780
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 750 0.27 0.92 $22.82 $47,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 720 0.30 1.02 $22.16 $46,080




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)
Lawrence, KS 70 1.34 4.55 $17.32 $36,020
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 110 1.13 3.86 $20.69 $43,040
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 50 0.90 3.08 $16.99 $35,350
Oklahoma City, OK 550 0.88 3.01 $14.79 $30,760
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,020 0.75 2.56 $20.23 $42,070
Visalia-Porterville, CA 100 0.62 2.13 $17.70 $36,810
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,740 0.58 1.99 $15.08 $31,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,680 0.54 1.83 $23.00 $47,850
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 160 0.47 1.59 $14.64 $30,460
Knoxville, TN 170 0.45 1.52 $19.25 $40,050




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)
Charlottesville, VA (8) (8) (8) $29.26 $60,870
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI (8) (8) (8) $27.99 $58,210
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,430 0.15 0.51 $27.56 $57,330
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 520 0.26 0.89 $27.39 $56,960
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $27.19 $56,560
Lewiston-Auburn, ME (8) (8) (8) $26.27 $54,640
Eugene, OR (8) (8) (8) $26.19 $54,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,300 0.38 1.28 $25.92 $53,910
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 240 0.05 0.17 $25.57 $53,180
Kansas City, MO-KS 150 0.14 0.47 $25.12 $52,240

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 510 1.86 6.35 $18.31 $38,090
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 200 1.26 4.29 $16.62 $34,570
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.06 3.63 $18.84 $39,190
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 1.43 $19.51 $40,580
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.74 $17.10 $35,570

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 510 1.86 6.35 $18.31 $38,090
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 200 1.26 4.29 $16.62 $34,570
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 140 1.06 3.63 $18.84 $39,190
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.42 1.43 $19.51 $40,580
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 0.74 $17.10 $35,570

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)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.70 $63,850
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.09 $56,350
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.73 $25.84 $53,750
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.31 $50,570
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.73 $49,360


About May 2018 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019