Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

37-3013 Tree Trimmers and Pruners

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, pruning hooks, sheers, and clippers. May use truck-mounted lifts and power pruners. May fill cavities in trees to promote healing and prevent deterioration. Exclude workers who primarily perform duties of "Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation" (37-3012) and "Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers" (37-3011).

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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)
43,530 6.7 % $12.92 $26,870 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.02 $9.60 $12.07 $15.35 $19.59
Annual Wage (2) $16,680 $19,980 $25,110 $31,930 $40,750

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Services to buildings and dwellings 38,510 $12.67 $26,340 1 8
Local government (OES designation) 1,440 $17.71 $36,840 2 3
Power generation and supply 900 $18.91 $39,320 3 1
Other amusement and recreation industries 500 $10.43 $21,700 4 12
Architectural and engineering services 280 $12.57 $26,140 5 9

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Power generation and supply 900 $18.91 $39,320 3 1
Federal government (OES designation) 60 $18.56 $38,600 11 2
Local government (OES designation) 1,440 $17.71 $36,840 2 3
State government (OES designation) 170 $17.47 $36,330 7 4
Colleges and universities 130 $14.88 $30,950 8 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Oregon 1,490 $16.45 $34,220 0.096% 317
Kentucky 1,420 $10.12 $21,050 0.083% 497
Vermont 210 $12.78 $26,580 0.072% 338
Alabama 1,240 $12.25 $25,480 0.068% 433
Arkansas 660 $11.41 $23,730 0.059% 411

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 1,080 $18.55 $38,590 0.013% 353
Oregon 1,490 $16.45 $34,220 0.096% 317
New Jersey 920 $16.11 $33,500 0.024% 425
Massachusetts 580 $15.62 $32,480 0.018% 429
Iowa 410 $15.34 $31,900 0.029% 300

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Akron, OH PMSA 420 $14.09 $29,320 0.133%
New Bedford, MA PMSA 70 $15.69 $32,640 0.108%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 960 $16.92 $35,200 0.104%
Orange County, CA PMSA 1,250 $10.62 $22,090 0.089%
Hagerstown, MD PMSA 50 $10.92 $22,720 0.078%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 270 $21.52 $44,770 0.007%
Rochester, NY MSA (6) $20.26 $42,140 (6)
Newark, NJ PMSA 180 $19.41 $40,360 0.019%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA (6) $19.08 $39,690 (6)
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 40 $19.04 $39,600 0.006%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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