Salary for Tree Trimmers and Pruners

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Also known as:  Pruner, Tree Pruner, Tree Specialist, Tree Surgeon, Tree Trimmer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 can get an average wage on a scale from $27,510 - $64,520 depending on education and experience. will most likely earn wages of fourty-four thousand and fourty dollars on a yearly basis.

make the most money in Alaska, where they receive pay levels, on average, of near $60,960. They can get the best pay in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they can earn average pay scales of $55,900.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 56.19 percent nationwide in that time.


Tree Trimmers and Pruners tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Educational Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services