Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
39,750 5.2 % $16.27 $33,850 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.79 $12.23 $15.54 $19.49 $24.28
Annual Wage (2) $20,370 $25,440 $32,310 $40,540 $50,500


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 33,040 1.79 $15.71 $32,680
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,110 0.06 $21.00 $43,670
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,410 0.35 $19.55 $40,660
Employment Services 650 0.02 $13.71 $28,530
State Government (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $19.82 $41,230

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 33,040 1.79 $15.71 $32,680
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,410 0.35 $19.55 $40,660
Logging 130 0.26 $17.45 $36,290
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,110 0.06 $21.00 $43,670
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 150 0.03 $14.04 $29,210

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) 60 (7) $26.15 $54,390
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,110 0.06 $21.00 $43,670
State Government (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $19.82 $41,230
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,410 0.35 $19.55 $40,660
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 180 0.01 $18.96 $39,440


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 5,470 0.38 1.25 $18.04 $37,530
Texas 3,560 0.34 1.10 $13.14 $27,340
Ohio 2,850 0.56 1.85 $16.54 $34,390
Pennsylvania 2,030 0.36 1.19 $18.18 $37,820
North Carolina 1,870 0.48 1.58 $14.68 $30,540




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)
Arkansas 780 0.67 2.21 $15.05 $31,310
Oklahoma 910 0.59 1.94 $12.90 $26,820
Ohio 2,850 0.56 1.85 $16.54 $34,390
Missouri 1,470 0.56 1.85 $14.46 $30,080
Maryland 1,400 0.56 1.82 $18.24 $37,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,410 0.25 0.82 $20.62 $42,890
District of Columbia 50 0.07 0.23 $20.50 $42,630
Colorado 140 0.06 0.21 $20.31 $42,250
Washington 710 0.26 0.84 $19.23 $40,000
New Jersey 920 0.24 0.80 $19.20 $39,930





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 1,310 0.34 1.11 $16.16 $33,620
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,170 0.44 1.45 $12.93 $26,900
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 870 1.07 3.50 $14.14 $29,410
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 870 0.24 0.78 $21.57 $44,860
Oklahoma City, OK 830 1.42 4.66 $12.76 $26,550
Raleigh-Cary, NC 700 1.37 4.48 $12.51 $26,030
St. Louis, MO-IL 670 0.53 1.72 $16.98 $35,330
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 650 1.95 6.41 $14.78 $30,740
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 620 0.49 1.60 $16.59 $34,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 600 0.26 0.86 $15.52 $32,290




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)
Napa, CA 190 3.03 9.95 $19.60 $40,760
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 650 1.95 6.41 $14.78 $30,740
Anniston-Oxford, AL 70 1.66 5.43 $14.86 $30,910
Oklahoma City, OK 830 1.42 4.66 $12.76 $26,550
Raleigh-Cary, NC 700 1.37 4.48 $12.51 $26,030
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 240 1.21 3.95 $13.52 $28,120
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 870 1.07 3.50 $14.14 $29,410
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 300 0.71 2.32 $16.17 $33,630
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 30 0.65 2.13 $17.56 $36,520
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 290 0.54 1.78 $16.64 $34,610




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.80 $55,740
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $25.89 $53,860
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.80 $53,670
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 40 0.07 0.23 $23.80 $49,510
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 130 0.10 0.34 $23.25 $48,360
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 870 0.24 0.78 $21.57 $44,860
Worcester, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $21.38 $44,470
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 280 0.35 1.14 $21.14 $43,960
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.84 $43,350
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.31 1.02 $20.80 $43,260

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 190 1.05 3.43 $20.84 $43,350
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.18 3.85 $15.13 $31,470
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 1.89 6.20 $20.64 $42,930
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.00 3.28 $15.27 $31,760
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 110 1.18 3.87 $15.98 $33,240

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 1.89 6.20 $20.64 $42,930
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 190 1.18 3.85 $15.13 $31,470
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 110 1.18 3.87 $15.98 $33,240
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area 90 1.16 3.81 $13.92 $28,950
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.05 3.43 $20.84 $43,350

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 40 0.25 0.83 $22.52 $46,840
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.04 $21.47 $44,650
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.79 $21.28 $44,270
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.05 3.43 $20.84 $43,350
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 1.89 6.20 $20.64 $42,930


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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