Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
40,720 5.6 % $16.57 $34,470 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.76 $12.16 $15.67 $20.16 $25.46
Annual Wage (2) $20,310 $25,290 $32,590 $41,930 $52,950


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 34,670 1.84 $16.02 $33,310
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,950 0.05 $21.58 $44,880
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,250 0.32 $19.91 $41,410
Employment Services 550 0.02 $14.32 $29,790
State Government (OES Designation) 180 0.01 $20.71 $43,080

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 34,670 1.84 $16.02 $33,310
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,250 0.32 $19.91 $41,410
Logging 120 0.24 $18.43 $38,330
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,950 0.05 $21.58 $44,880
Utility System Construction 150 0.03 $15.01 $31,220

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) $26.40 $54,910
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,950 0.05 $21.58 $44,880
State Government (OES Designation) 180 0.01 $20.71 $43,080
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,250 0.32 $19.91 $41,410
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 170 0.01 $18.48 $38,430


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 5,300 0.36 1.17 $18.46 $38,410
Texas 4,060 0.37 1.21 $12.71 $26,450
Pennsylvania 2,750 0.49 1.59 $17.24 $35,860
New York 1,940 0.22 0.73 $21.61 $44,950
Ohio 1,710 0.33 1.09 $14.66 $30,500




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)
Maine 440 0.75 2.44 $15.20 $31,620
Oklahoma 1,120 0.72 2.35 $15.74 $32,740
Kentucky 1,190 0.67 2.17 $12.03 $25,020
Idaho 360 0.59 1.92 $18.26 $37,980
Missouri 1,530 0.58 1.89 $14.21 $29,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 60 0.03 0.11 $23.39 $48,650
New York 1,940 0.22 0.73 $21.61 $44,950
Nebraska (8) (8) (8) $21.56 $44,830
Colorado 150 0.06 0.21 $20.98 $43,640
Illinois 1,370 0.24 0.78 $20.96 $43,600





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)
Oklahoma City, OK 1,000 1.68 5.46 $15.97 $33,220
St. Louis, MO-IL 960 0.74 2.42 $14.94 $31,070
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 780 0.91 2.95 $14.52 $30,200
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.49 1.59 $14.07 $29,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 610 0.29 0.93 $10.51 $21,870
Rochester, NY 590 1.19 3.88 $23.09 $48,030
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 500 1.50 4.88 $14.68 $30,540
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 480 0.50 1.62 $21.15 $43,990
Baltimore-Towson, MD 450 0.35 1.15 $19.43 $40,410
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 370 0.44 1.45 $20.45 $42,530




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)
Rome, GA 130 3.76 12.23 $13.31 $27,680
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 200 2.36 7.68 $27.18 $56,540
Altoona, PA 100 1.74 5.66 $17.91 $37,260
Oklahoma City, OK 1,000 1.68 5.46 $15.97 $33,220
State College, PA 100 1.50 4.88 $16.98 $35,310
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 500 1.50 4.88 $14.68 $30,540
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 260 1.33 4.34 $14.03 $29,180
Rochester, NY 590 1.19 3.88 $23.09 $48,030
Columbus, GA-AL 120 1.10 3.57 $14.04 $29,210
Knoxville, TN 320 0.99 3.23 $14.92 $31,040




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 200 2.36 7.68 $27.18 $56,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.97 $54,020
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.47 $52,990
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $24.85 $51,680
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.16 $48,170
Rochester, NY 590 1.19 3.88 $23.09 $48,030
Eugene-Springfield, OR 60 0.43 1.39 $22.51 $46,820
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 250 0.19 0.62 $22.35 $46,490
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $22.22 $46,220
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.21 $46,190

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 180 0.96 3.14 $21.13 $43,940
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 0.98 3.21 $15.45 $32,130
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 1.54 5.01 $13.89 $28,880
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.69 2.24 $17.51 $36,420
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 0.54 1.77 $18.27 $38,000

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)
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 1.54 5.01 $13.89 $28,880
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 0.98 3.21 $15.45 $32,130
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 180 0.96 3.14 $21.13 $43,940
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.69 2.24 $17.51 $36,420
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 0.54 1.77 $18.27 $38,000

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)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 0.78 $25.28 $52,580
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.14 $22.12 $46,010
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 180 0.96 3.14 $21.13 $43,940
South Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.01 $41,620
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 120 0.54 1.77 $18.27 $38,000


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014