Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
40,680 6.2 % $17.94 $37,310 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.03 $13.51 $16.84 $21.79 $27.39
Annual Wage (2) $22,950 $28,100 $35,030 $45,330 $56,970


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 35,340 1.70 $17.38 $36,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,630 0.05 $23.70 $49,300
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,130 0.29 $20.72 $43,090
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 460 0.07 $16.11 $33,520
Employment Services 200 0.01 $16.49 $34,290

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 35,340 1.70 $17.38 $36,160
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,130 0.29 $20.72 $43,090
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 460 0.07 $16.11 $33,520
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,630 0.05 $23.70 $49,300
State Government (OES Designation) 170 0.01 $21.88 $45,510

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) $26.83 $55,810
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,630 0.05 $23.70 $49,300
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 (7) $23.14 $48,120
State Government (OES Designation) 170 0.01 $21.88 $45,510
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,130 0.29 $20.72 $43,090


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 6,570 0.41 1.42 $19.87 $41,320
Texas 4,300 0.37 1.26 $15.21 $31,630
Pennsylvania 2,800 0.49 1.68 $15.70 $32,660
North Carolina 2,370 0.56 1.93 $16.22 $33,740
Florida 1,790 0.22 0.75 $13.72 $28,540




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)
Vermont 260 0.85 2.93 $17.51 $36,420
South Dakota 280 0.68 2.35 $15.55 $32,340
New Hampshire 420 0.66 2.27 $19.81 $41,190
North Carolina 2,370 0.56 1.93 $16.22 $33,740
Maryland 1,470 0.56 1.93 $19.93 $41,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 120 0.37 1.29 $27.32 $56,820
District of Columbia 30 0.05 0.17 $26.64 $55,410
Montana 50 0.12 0.40 $24.05 $50,010
Massachusetts 1,080 0.31 1.08 $23.72 $49,340
Illinois 510 0.09 0.30 $23.41 $48,690





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 1,060 0.25 0.86 $24.10 $50,120
St. Louis, MO-IL 920 0.68 2.36 $18.37 $38,220
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 910 0.67 2.30 $15.61 $32,460
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 850 0.13 0.45 $19.64 $40,850
Oklahoma City, OK 650 1.07 3.70 $12.78 $26,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 590 0.56 1.93 $25.06 $52,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 580 0.23 0.81 $23.88 $49,660
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 500 0.43 1.50 $16.23 $33,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 490 0.19 0.66 $16.54 $34,400
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.26 0.90 $17.24 $35,850




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)
Charlottesville, VA 120 1.08 3.73 $25.39 $52,820
Oklahoma City, OK 650 1.07 3.70 $12.78 $26,580
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 40 0.75 2.58 $19.07 $39,660
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 240 0.71 2.45 $12.02 $25,000
St. Louis, MO-IL 920 0.68 2.36 $18.37 $38,220
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 910 0.67 2.30 $15.61 $32,460
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 590 0.56 1.93 $25.06 $52,120
Portland-South Portland, ME 110 0.55 1.88 $15.63 $32,520
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 500 0.43 1.50 $16.23 $33,750
Knoxville, TN 160 0.41 1.42 $15.06 $31,330




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)
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $30.00 $62,400
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.89 $55,940
Asheville, NC (8) (8) (8) $26.81 $55,770
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $26.60 $55,320
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.14 $26.53 $55,180
Charlottesville, VA 120 1.08 3.73 $25.39 $52,820
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.34 $52,710
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $25.22 $52,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 290 0.08 0.27 $25.10 $52,220
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 590 0.56 1.93 $25.06 $52,120

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)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.25 $14.44 $30,030
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 2.73 $12.88 $26,790
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.78 $17.31 $36,000
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.24 $23.34 $48,550
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.84 $23.17 $48,190

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)
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 2.73 $12.88 $26,790
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.24 $23.34 $48,550
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 1.25 $14.44 $30,030
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.84 $23.17 $48,190
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.78 $17.31 $36,000

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)
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.24 $23.34 $48,550
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.84 $23.17 $48,190
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.58 $46,960
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.45 $46,690
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.64 $42,940


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017