Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
40,130 6.4 % $13.24 $27,540 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.49 $10.04 $12.44 $15.74 $19.85
Annual Wage (2) $17,650 $20,870 $25,880 $32,740 $41,290

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Services to buildings and dwellings 34,440 $12.86 $26,750
Local government (OES designation) 1,780 $16.87 $35,090
Power generation and supply 820 $18.09 $37,620
Logging 500 $12.94 $26,910
Other amusement and recreation industries 360 $11.29 $23,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Professional and similar organizations (7) $20.46 $42,560
Federal government (OES designation) 60 $20.04 $41,690
Power generation and supply 820 $18.09 $37,620
State government (OES designation) 150 $17.87 $37,160
Local government (OES designation) 1,780 $16.87 $35,090

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
Mississippi 1,110 $9.86 $20,500 0.102%
Alabama 1,830 $12.58 $26,170 0.101%
Vermont 270 $12.59 $26,190 0.093%
Arkansas 830 $12.69 $26,400 0.074%
Kentucky 1,270 $10.47 $21,780 0.074%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska (7) $22.10 $45,970 (7)
Massachusetts 1,190 $18.88 $39,270 0.038%
New York 1,280 $17.64 $36,690 0.016%
Connecticut 270 $16.49 $34,300 0.017%
Maryland 1,420 $16.13 $33,550 0.058%

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
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR MSA 590 $12.50 $26,000 0.196%
Des Moines, IA MSA 380 $16.37 $34,050 0.135%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA 920 $10.83 $22,530 0.114%
Orange County, CA PMSA 1,270 $10.29 $21,400 0.088%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 530 $15.88 $33,030 0.058%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Anchorage, AK MSA (7) $22.10 $45,970 (7)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA 40 $21.12 $43,920 0.009%
New Haven-Meriden, CT PMSA (7) $20.14 $41,890 (7)
Newark, NJ PMSA (7) $19.70 $40,970 (7)
New York, NY PMSA 380 $19.68 $40,940 0.010%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) 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) Estimates not released.

All Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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