Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
39,640 5.6 % $16.90 $35,150 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.13 $12.55 $15.85 $20.56 $25.84
Annual Wage (2) $21,070 $26,110 $32,960 $42,770 $53,750


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 34,060 1.73 $16.29 $33,880
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,900 0.05 $22.58 $46,960
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,240 0.32 $20.52 $42,680
Employment Services 450 0.01 $14.62 $30,420
State Government (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $20.86 $43,390

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 34,060 1.73 $16.29 $33,880
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,240 0.32 $20.52 $42,680
Logging 70 0.14 $16.46 $34,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,900 0.05 $22.58 $46,960
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 150 0.03 $14.66 $30,490

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) $26.81 $55,760
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,900 0.05 $22.58 $46,960
State Government (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $20.86 $43,390
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,240 0.32 $20.52 $42,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 110 (7) $20.06 $41,720


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 5,160 0.34 1.16 $18.43 $38,340
Texas 3,190 0.28 0.97 $13.92 $28,960
Pennsylvania 2,950 0.52 1.78 $17.34 $36,060
Ohio 2,420 0.47 1.59 $14.32 $29,790
New York 2,030 0.23 0.78 $20.63 $42,920




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 2.57 $16.47 $34,260
Oklahoma 1,080 0.69 2.34 $16.20 $33,700
Missouri 1,830 0.68 2.33 $14.62 $30,420
Kentucky 1,140 0.63 2.15 $13.08 $27,210
Pennsylvania 2,950 0.52 1.78 $17.34 $36,060




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 30 0.09 0.32 $22.84 $47,520
Hawaii 120 0.19 0.66 $21.57 $44,860
Massachusetts 1,320 0.40 1.35 $21.18 $44,050
New Jersey 910 0.23 0.80 $21.14 $43,970
New York 2,030 0.23 0.78 $20.63 $42,920





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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,310 1.00 3.42 $15.03 $31,270
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,030 0.36 1.23 $14.25 $29,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.24 0.83 $18.44 $38,350
Oklahoma City, OK 970 1.61 5.48 $16.40 $34,120
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 800 0.45 1.53 $21.17 $44,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 780 0.21 0.71 $20.51 $42,650
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.34 1.18 $13.09 $27,220
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 510 0.09 0.32 $20.04 $41,680
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 440 1.32 4.51 $14.36 $29,870
Columbus, OH 400 0.42 1.43 $15.53 $32,300




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 3.81 13.00 $13.56 $28,200
Altoona, PA 120 2.00 6.81 $17.30 $35,990
Sandusky, OH 70 1.93 6.60 $12.96 $26,950
Oklahoma City, OK 970 1.61 5.48 $16.40 $34,120
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 440 1.32 4.51 $14.36 $29,870
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 240 1.21 4.12 $15.67 $32,600
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 350 1.18 4.01 $22.48 $46,760
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,310 1.00 3.42 $15.03 $31,270
Knoxville, TN 240 0.71 2.43 $16.86 $35,060
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 40 0.71 2.43 $18.09 $37,630




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)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $33.10 $68,840
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.29 $56,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.13 $25.91 $53,890
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $25.21 $52,430
Eugene-Springfield, OR 40 0.28 0.96 $24.56 $51,080
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.28 $50,490
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.06 0.21 $23.92 $49,750
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.22 0.74 $22.99 $47,830
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 220 0.26 0.89 $22.81 $47,440
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 350 1.18 4.01 $22.48 $46,760

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 770 2.61 8.91 $21.22 $44,130
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 350 2.26 7.69 $15.41 $32,060
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 330 1.76 6.01 $17.36 $36,110
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 3.82 $14.26 $29,670
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.48 1.64 $18.25 $37,960

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 770 2.61 8.91 $21.22 $44,130
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 350 2.26 7.69 $15.41 $32,060
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 1.79 6.09 $17.33 $36,040
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 330 1.76 6.01 $17.36 $36,110
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 3.82 $14.26 $29,670

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 (8) (8) (8) $24.33 $50,610
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 770 2.61 8.91 $21.22 $44,130
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.04 $43,760
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.94 $43,560
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.48 1.64 $18.25 $37,960


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015