Salary for Tree Trimmers and Pruners

Also known as:  Pruner, Tree Pruner, Tree Specialist, Tree Surgeon, Tree Trimmer

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Tree trimmers and pruners work to maintain public walkways and roads according to safety and appearance standards by trimming away excess and dead branches from trees and shrubs. They have an extensive working knowledge of tree trimming equipment and machinery including tree canopies, rigging units and clippers. They are comfortable working for long periods of time in truck mounts high off the ground to reach large tree branches. Additionally, they are expect to maintain their equipment and make sure tools are in proper working order and consistently meet safety standards. They must be able to operate brush chippers, trucks, sprayers and power saws as well. A high school diploma is required for employment in this field.

A Tree Trimmer or Pruner will normally receive average salaries in a range of 24000 - 36000 depending on education and experience. Tree Trimmers and Pruners can expect salaries of Thirty One Thousand Two Hundred dollars annually.

Tree Trimmers and Pruners have the best average compensation in Alaska, where they receive a compensation of close to about $69740. These employees are compensated most highly in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they can get an average job salary of $42240.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 12.16 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Tree Trimmers and Pruners tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $42,240
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $41,350
Utilities $39,960
Educational Services $36,930
Construction $32,500
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $30,850
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Manufacturing $25,950
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $28,320
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $30,850
Construction $32,500
Educational Services $36,930
Utilities $39,960
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