Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
41,140 5.5 % $18.55 $38,580 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.14 $13.81 $17.53 $22.73 $28.32
Annual Wage (2) $23,180 $28,730 $36,460 $47,270 $58,910


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 35,600 1.69 $18.03 $37,500
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,530 0.05 $23.51 $48,900
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,030 0.26 $20.89 $43,460
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 520 0.08 $16.97 $35,300
Employment Services 240 0.01 $18.96 $39,430

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 35,600 1.69 $18.03 $37,500
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,030 0.26 $20.89 $43,460
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 520 0.08 $16.97 $35,300
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,530 0.05 $23.51 $48,900
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $21.57 $44,860

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) $26.57 $55,260
Real Estate (8) (8) $25.59 $53,230
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,530 0.05 $23.51 $48,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 110 (7) $23.46 $48,790
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $21.57 $44,860


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 5,830 0.35 1.21 $21.44 $44,590
Texas 4,010 0.34 1.17 $15.37 $31,970
Florida 2,910 0.35 1.20 $13.63 $28,360
Pennsylvania 2,750 0.47 1.65 $15.91 $33,090
North Carolina 2,020 0.47 1.63 $16.14 $33,570




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 320 1.04 3.62 $18.10 $37,640
Maine 460 0.78 2.69 $16.59 $34,500
New Hampshire 500 0.76 2.64 $20.38 $42,390
Maryland 1,770 0.66 2.30 $21.76 $45,270
Oklahoma 990 0.63 2.18 $14.29 $29,720




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) $27.39 $56,960
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $25.23 $52,470
Illinois 370 0.06 0.22 $25.03 $52,060
Minnesota 550 0.19 0.67 $24.86 $51,720
New York 1,160 0.13 0.44 $24.61 $51,190



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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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,660 0.57 1.96 $14.67 $30,510
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,320 1.16 4.03 $18.79 $39,080
Oklahoma City, OK 740 1.22 4.23 $14.02 $29,160
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 730 0.11 0.38 $27.98 $58,200
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 700 0.68 2.35 $17.94 $37,310
St. Louis, MO-IL 660 0.49 1.69 $21.04 $43,760
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 590 0.49 1.70 $12.80 $26,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.13 0.44 $27.66 $57,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 540 0.50 1.73 $25.73 $53,530
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 540 0.45 1.58 $16.85 $35,050


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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)
Portland-South Portland, ME 320 1.58 5.47 $15.38 $31,990
Oklahoma City, OK 740 1.22 4.23 $14.02 $29,160
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,320 1.16 4.03 $18.79 $39,080
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 110 1.11 3.83 $19.88 $41,350
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 50 0.92 3.20 $16.52 $34,370
Kingston, NY 50 0.88 3.04 $23.62 $49,130
Knoxville, TN 300 0.80 2.76 $16.52 $34,360
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 700 0.68 2.35 $17.94 $37,310
Leominster-Gardner, MA 30 0.62 2.15 $17.68 $36,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,660 0.57 1.96 $14.67 $30,510


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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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.13 $31.89 $66,330
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 140 0.04 0.13 $29.29 $60,920
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 730 0.11 0.38 $27.98 $58,200
Asheville, NC (8) (8) (8) $27.73 $57,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.13 0.44 $27.66 $57,520
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI (8) (8) (8) $27.30 $56,780
Charlottesville, VA (8) (8) (8) $26.25 $54,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $26.13 $54,350
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 540 0.50 1.73 $25.73 $53,530
Lewiston-Auburn, ME (8) (8) (8) $25.41 $52,860

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 580 2.09 7.25 $17.71 $36,840
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.36 4.73 $16.36 $34,030
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.56 5.42 $19.17 $39,880
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 1.26 4.35 $18.31 $38,080
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 1.82 $17.80 $37,020

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 580 2.09 7.25 $17.71 $36,840
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.56 5.42 $19.17 $39,880
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.36 4.73 $16.36 $34,030
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 1.26 4.35 $18.31 $38,080
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.76 2.62 $13.57 $28,230

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.19 $54,470
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.89 $23.69 $49,270
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.18 $48,210
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.34 $19.73 $41,030
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.56 5.42 $19.17 $39,880


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018