Updated August 22, 2022

Average Arborist Salary

$41,881yearly

To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$20.14 hourly

Entry level Salary
$30,000 yearly
$30,000
10 %
$41,881
Median
$57,000
90 %

How much does an Arborist make?

Arborists make $41,881 per year on average, or $20.14 per hour, in the United States. Arborists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $30,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $57,000.

Location impacts how much an arborist can expect to make. Arborists make the most in California, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Alaska, and Massachusetts.

Highest Paying States For Arborists

The darker areas on the map show where arborists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Arborist average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Rhode Island$47,531$22.858
2New Hampshire$44,760$21.5255
3Massachusetts$46,656$22.43131
4California$54,109$26.01182
5Connecticut$43,722$21.02124
6Vermont$43,294$20.8114
7Montana$45,227$21.744
8Nevada$46,491$22.355
9Minnesota$44,590$21.4423
10New Jersey$45,142$21.7039
11Oregon$44,311$21.3014
12North Dakota$43,454$20.891
13New York$42,345$20.36126
14Washington$44,301$21.3019
15Idaho$42,328$20.354
16Alaska$47,078$22.63
17Michigan$39,461$18.9775
18Ohio$38,665$18.59118
19New Mexico$42,001$20.191
20Maryland$41,686$20.0468
21Illinois$40,581$19.5159
22Pennsylvania$38,695$18.6073
23Hawaii$47,874$23.02
24Wisconsin$40,448$19.4511
25Colorado$39,981$19.2236
26Indiana$37,230$17.9059
27Arizona$39,379$18.9327
28Maine$35,958$17.2927
29Delaware$39,305$18.906
30Kansas$37,688$18.1214
31Nebraska$39,267$18.881
32Missouri$37,489$18.0228
33Tennessee$35,165$16.9147
34North Carolina$34,349$16.51118
35Virginia$36,541$17.57112
36Iowa$35,920$17.2715
37Georgia$35,116$16.8896
38South Dakota$36,684$17.641
39District of Columbia$40,002$19.231
40Texas$34,883$16.77103
41South Carolina$32,419$15.5969
42Kentucky$34,460$16.5717
43Utah$35,514$17.0710
44Alabama$31,645$15.2135
45Oklahoma$33,913$16.3012
46West Virginia$29,713$14.2921
47Florida$30,248$14.54188
48Wyoming$32,184$15.472
49Mississippi$27,764$13.3511
50Louisiana$31,984$15.386
51Arkansas$30,995$14.904

Highest Paying Cities For Arborists

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Redwood City, CA$55,774$26.81
2Reno, NV$47,202$22.69
3Billerica, MA$46,582$22.40
4Concord, NH$44,699$21.49
5Saint Paul, MN$44,620$21.45
6Seattle, WA$44,541$21.41
7Hillsboro, OR$44,382$21.34
8Newtown, CT$43,717$21.02
9Baltimore, MD$41,847$20.12
10Madison, WI$40,354$19.40
11Lakewood, CO$39,978$19.22
12Troy, MI$39,508$18.99
13Philadelphia, PA$38,768$18.64
14Springfield, VA$38,264$18.40
15Columbus, OH$38,225$18.38

Arborist Salary Details

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Average Arborist Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is an Arborist's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$57,000$4,750$27
75th Percentile$49,000$4,083$24
Average$41,881$3,490$20
25th Percentile$35,000$2,917$17
10th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Landscaper$28,952$2,413$13.9211,147
Landscape Crew Leader$38,386$3,199$18.4585,218
Keeper$33,606$2,800$16.163,285
Grounds Maintenance Worker$28,562$2,380$13.73115,674
Landscape Labour$29,047$2,421$13.9730,546
Lawn Care Worker$29,667$2,472$14.2688,268

Which Companies Pay Arborists The Most?

The highest paying companies for arborists are Florida Power & Light and Southern California Edison according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Princeton University and Mark-It report highly competitive wages for arborists.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Florida Power & Light$95,662$45.99
2Southern California Edison$68,226$32.806
3Princeton University$51,035$24.54
4Mark-It$45,870$22.05
5NBCUniversal$45,775$22.011
6University of Wisconsin System$45,302$21.78
7Pasco$44,383$21.34
8National Park Foundation$43,838$21.08
9Eversource Energy$43,086$20.71
10International Society of Arboriculture$42,989$20.67
11City of Jacksonville$42,646$20.50
12SavATree$42,457$20.411,277
13City & County Of San Francisco - Police Department (sfpd)$42,441$20.40
14John Lucas Tree Expert Co., Inc.$42,429$20.4019
15West Coast Arborists$42,421$20.392
16Bartlett Tree Experts$42,412$20.39187
17Asplundh Tree Expert$42,392$20.3818
18The Davey Tree Expert Company$42,381$20.38295
19Witt O'Brien's$42,159$20.271
20Lewis Tree Service$41,834$20.11113

Arborist Salary Trends

The salary for an arborist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Arborist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Arborist Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$41,900$20.14+4.1%
    2021$40,200$19.32+4.7%
    2020$38,300$18.40+4.6%
    2019$36,500$17.56+4.9%
    2018$34,700$16.70+4.9%

    Recently Added Arborist Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    SavatreeClimbing ArboristHopkins, MN07/22/2022$41,740
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    SavatreeClimbing Arborist-ImmediatelyFairless Hills, PA07/21/2022$45,914
    SavatreeArborist ClimberWestminster, CO07/21/2022$45,914
    SavatreeArborist ClimberInwood, NY07/21/2022$41,740
    Ryan Lawn & TreeProfessional ArboristChesterfield, MO07/21/2022$38,000
    Great Parks of Hamilton CountyArboristCincinnati, OH07/20/2022$50,088
    Bartlett Tree ExpertsArborist ClimberIrwin, PA07/20/2022$45,914
    West Coast Arborists, Inc.Plant Health Care Consulting Arborists, INC.Santa Clara, CA07/19/2022$73,045

    Arborist Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Arborists the most?

    California pays Arborists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $54,109 per year, or $26.01 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Arborist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Arborist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Hawaii you should be paid close to $47,874 per year.

    What type of Arborist gets paid the most?

    Tree Trimmer gets paid the most. Tree Trimmer made a median salary of $40,939. The best-paid 10 percent make $48,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $34,000.

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