Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
40,160 5.7 % $17.32 $36,030 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.41 $12.88 $16.10 $21.19 $26.78
Annual Wage (2) $21,660 $26,790 $33,500 $44,070 $55,700


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 34,780 1.71 $16.77 $34,880
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,780 0.05 $22.80 $47,420
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,190 0.30 $19.93 $41,450
Employment Services 250 0.01 $16.31 $33,930
State Government (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $21.10 $43,880

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 34,780 1.71 $16.77 $34,880
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,190 0.30 $19.93 $41,450
Logging 80 0.15 $14.62 $30,400
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,780 0.05 $22.80 $47,420
State Government (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $21.10 $43,880

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) 50 (7) $26.73 $55,600
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,780 0.05 $22.80 $47,420
State Government (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $21.10 $43,880
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 (7) $20.74 $43,140
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,190 0.30 $19.93 $41,450


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 5,610 0.36 1.24 $18.86 $39,220
Texas 3,340 0.29 0.99 $14.13 $29,400
Pennsylvania 2,810 0.49 1.69 $16.81 $34,970
North Carolina 2,190 0.53 1.82 $15.63 $32,520
Florida 2,010 0.25 0.87 $13.09 $27,230



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 1,030 0.65 2.22 $15.45 $32,140
Missouri 1,710 0.63 2.17 $16.10 $33,480
South Dakota 220 0.54 1.85 $14.79 $30,770
North Carolina 2,190 0.53 1.82 $15.63 $32,520
Arkansas 610 0.52 1.78 $14.01 $29,140



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 40 0.08 0.27 $24.32 $50,590
Alaska 60 0.18 0.60 $23.91 $49,740
Massachusetts 1,380 0.41 1.39 $23.49 $48,860
Hawaii 240 0.39 1.34 $22.80 $47,430
New Jersey 880 0.23 0.78 $22.67 $47,160




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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,090 0.82 2.83 $15.95 $33,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.44 1.51 $14.43 $30,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.22 0.77 $23.92 $49,750
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 860 0.13 0.45 $19.47 $40,490
Oklahoma City, OK 850 1.40 4.81 $15.65 $32,560
Raleigh, NC 800 1.41 4.85 $13.90 $28,910
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 690 0.53 1.82 $14.60 $30,370
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 560 0.64 2.19 $22.86 $47,540
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.34 1.16 $13.96 $29,030
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 500 0.45 1.54 $15.27 $31,750



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)
Altoona, PA 110 1.94 6.67 $17.74 $36,890
Raleigh, NC 800 1.41 4.85 $13.90 $28,910
Oklahoma City, OK 850 1.40 4.81 $15.65 $32,560
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 430 1.28 4.40 $13.64 $28,370
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,090 0.82 2.83 $15.95 $33,190
Akron, OH 230 0.72 2.46 $15.30 $31,820
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 40 0.69 2.37 $18.36 $38,200
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 560 0.64 2.19 $22.86 $47,540
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 690 0.53 1.82 $14.60 $30,370
Urban Honolulu, HI 200 0.45 1.53 $22.76 $47,340



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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.10 $28.09 $58,420
Sheboygan, WI (8) (8) (8) $26.78 $55,690
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $25.87 $53,800
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 480 0.28 0.94 $24.98 $51,950
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.84 $51,670
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.76 $51,510
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $24.72 $51,420
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.29 $24.47 $50,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.22 0.77 $23.92 $49,750
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.25 $48,370

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 160 0.48 1.67 $14.00 $29,120
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.15 3.95 $13.54 $28,160
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 0.95 3.27 $14.35 $29,850
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 2.54 $15.49 $32,210
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 1.35 4.64 $19.37 $40,290

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)
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 100 1.35 4.64 $19.37 $40,290
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.15 3.95 $13.54 $28,160
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 0.95 3.27 $14.35 $29,850
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 2.54 $15.49 $32,210
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.64 2.19 $12.45 $25,890

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.34 $48,540
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.81 $45,360
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.78 $41,150
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 1.19 $19.54 $40,650
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.37 1.27 $19.46 $40,480


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016