Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
37,540 5.9 % $15.49 $32,220 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.68 $11.60 $14.64 $18.42 $23.01
Annual Wage (2) $20,130 $24,130 $30,450 $38,310 $47,870


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 31,590 1.79 $14.85 $30,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,210 0.06 $20.24 $42,110
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,260 0.32 $19.25 $40,030
Employment Services 340 0.01 $13.07 $27,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 220 0.01 $17.70 $36,810

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 31,590 1.79 $14.85 $30,890
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,260 0.32 $19.25 $40,030
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,210 0.06 $20.24 $42,110
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 80 0.02 $15.40 $32,030
Employment Services 340 0.01 $13.07 $27,190

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) $25.38 $52,780
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,210 0.06 $20.24 $42,110
State Government (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $19.78 $41,150
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,260 0.32 $19.25 $40,030
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 220 0.01 $17.70 $36,810


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 6,220 0.44 1.50 $15.94 $33,150
Texas 2,130 0.21 0.71 $15.48 $32,190
North Carolina 2,010 0.53 1.81 $13.98 $29,070
Ohio 1,930 0.39 1.33 $15.60 $32,450
Massachusetts 1,620 0.52 1.76 $16.19 $33,680




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)
Oklahoma 1,110 0.75 2.52 $10.33 $21,480
Idaho 440 0.75 2.52 $13.30 $27,660
Missouri 1,610 0.62 2.11 $15.44 $32,110
Tennessee 1,510 0.59 1.99 $13.54 $28,170
South Dakota 220 0.57 1.93 $12.88 $26,780




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $23.14 $48,140
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $19.93 $41,450
New Hampshire 30 0.06 0.19 $19.66 $40,890
Illinois 1,430 0.26 0.87 $19.58 $40,720
Connecticut 470 0.29 0.99 $19.57 $40,710

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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.48 1.62 $15.80 $32,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,190 0.48 1.61 $17.11 $35,590
Oklahoma City, OK 900 1.64 5.55 $10.21 $21,240
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 810 0.23 0.77 $20.22 $42,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 720 0.33 1.11 $14.48 $30,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 680 0.79 2.69 $15.38 $31,990
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 480 1.47 4.96 $13.94 $29,000
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 410 0.70 2.36 $14.48 $30,120
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 410 0.30 1.03 $18.35 $38,170
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 330 0.34 1.16 $14.04 $29,210




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 220 2.61 8.84 $16.83 $35,010
Oklahoma City, OK 900 1.64 5.55 $10.21 $21,240
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 480 1.47 4.96 $13.94 $29,000
New Bedford, MA 80 1.29 4.36 $16.14 $33,570
Alexandria, LA 50 0.88 2.97 $11.33 $23,560
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 680 0.79 2.69 $15.38 $31,990
Merced, CA 40 0.78 2.63 $18.58 $38,640
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 410 0.70 2.36 $14.48 $30,120
Springfield, MO 120 0.65 2.20 $12.94 $26,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.48 1.62 $15.80 $32,870




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)
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $26.95 $56,050
Utica-Rome, NY (8) (8) (8) $23.51 $48,900
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $22.39 $46,580
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.07 0.23 $22.30 $46,380
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.27 $46,320
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.14 0.47 $21.84 $45,420
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.35 $44,400
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN (8) (8) (8) $21.33 $44,360
Springfield, MA-CT 50 0.16 0.55 $21.30 $44,300
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $21.24 $44,180

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)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 200 1.30 4.40 $9.97 $20,730
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.11 3.75 $10.51 $21,860
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 180 1.86 6.30 $19.39 $40,340
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 140 1.12 3.78 $12.78 $26,590
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 1.11 3.74 $11.96 $24,880

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 180 1.86 6.30 $19.39 $40,340
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 200 1.30 4.40 $9.97 $20,730
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.29 4.35 $15.57 $32,390
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 140 1.12 3.78 $12.78 $26,590
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.11 3.75 $10.51 $21,860

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.55 $46,910
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 1.80 $20.89 $43,460
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.54 $42,730
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.27 $42,160
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 180 1.86 6.30 $19.39 $40,340


About May 2010 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 mean 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011