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Become A Tree Trimmer

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Working As A Tree Trimmer

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $30,877

    Average Salary

What Does A Tree Trimmer Do At City of Seattle

* Participates in the work of a tree crew
* Prunes, and removes green belt, arterial, park, and street trees to provide public safety and maintain healthy trees
* Climbs trees of varying heights using rope, saddles, spurs, ladders, or aerial hydraulic lift truck to safely prune or remove trees
* Fells trees and salvages fallen timber, removes trees and stumps
* Responds to emergency calls to remove damaged sections or entire trees
* Maintains, inspects, and operates a variety of equipment such as hydraulic aerial lift trucks, hand and power saws, compressors, wood chippers, winches, blowers, and stump cutters
* Evaluates tree health for potential hazard to property and public safety
* Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned
* Support department goals in promoting diversity and social justice
* These responsibilities are only a summary of typical functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.
* May perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Tree Trimmer Do At The Davey Tree Expert Company

Provides tree trimming servicesServices provided include pruning treetops, repairing damaged trees by trimming or removal as well as removing broken limbs from wires, roofs, and other objectsProperly maintain, prepare and operate all tools and equipment including hand tools, chainsaws, chippers, and aerial liftsOperates as part of a crew with supporting Groundman and Crew Forema

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How To Become A Tree Trimmer

Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.


Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.

The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.

The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.

The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.


A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.


Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.

Important Qualities

Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.

Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.

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Tree Trimmer Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • Hmong

  • Korean

  • French

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Real Tree Trimmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tree Trimmers and Pruners Precision Tree Service, Inc. Montvale, NJ Oct 26, 2012 $51,147
Tree Trimmers and Pruners Tree Tech, Inc. NJ Oct 05, 2012 $48,356
Tree Trimmer Trees Are for Us, Inc. WI Feb 01, 2012 $43,723
Tree Trimmer and Pruner ZINO Nurseries and Landscaping Inc. North Salem, NY Apr 13, 2015 $43,702
Tree Trimmer Michael Serio Inc. Bedford Hills, NY Jul 27, 2015 $43,701
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Swansea, MA Apr 01, 2016 $43,117
Tree Trimmer Rescue Tree Service Inc. Hotchkiss, CO Mar 28, 2016 $42,848
Tree Trimmer Westchester Tree Life, Inc. Chappaqua, NY Apr 01, 2016 $41,823
Tree Trimmers & Pruners Rolling Green, Inc. Mira Loma, CA Mar 07, 2011 $40,976
Tree Trimmers and Pruners Basso Landscaping, Inc. New York, NY Nov 16, 2012 $39,194 -
Tree Trimmer/Pruner Grealish Tree Service LLC Southampton, NY Feb 13, 2015 $39,166
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Kansas City, KS Aug 17, 2016 $38,672
Tree Trimmer Foreman Orleans Co. Tree Service Petersburg, VA May 08, 2016 $38,526
Tree Trimmers and Pruners Rock's Lawn Care/Stump Out LLC Gray, LA Mar 15, 2016 $38,484
Tree Trimmer/Pruner First Choice Tree Care Inc. Mequon, WI Apr 18, 2016 $34,644
Tree Trimmers and Pruners George's Market and Nursery LLC NY Feb 20, 2013 $34,185
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. VA Apr 01, 2015 $33,955
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. VA Apr 06, 2015 $33,559
Tree Trimmers & Pruners Lincolndale Landscaping Inc. NY Jan 28, 2011 $33,134
Tree Trimmers & Pruners J G Tree Corp. D/B/A Perfect Cut Tree Service Inc. Pomona, NY Feb 17, 2012 $33,134
Tree Trimmer and Pruner R.B. Stout, Inc. Akron, OH Apr 15, 2015 $32,032
Tree Trimmers and Pruners R.B. Stout, Inc. Akron, OH Jan 29, 2013 $32,032
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Conroe, TX Apr 06, 2016 $29,740
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Beaumont, TX Apr 01, 2016 $29,698
Tree Trimmer The Original Mowbray's Tree Service Inc. Visalia, CA Feb 10, 2015 $29,600
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Longview, TX Apr 01, 2016 $29,489
Tree Trimmers and Pruners La La Enterprises, LLC Krum, TX Nov 01, 2016 $28,571
Holiday Light Installation/Tree Trimmer/Pruners Environmental Investments L.P. Dallas, TX Nov 01, 2015 $28,571
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. TX Apr 25, 2016 $28,571

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Top Skills for A Tree Trimmer


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Top Tree Trimmer Skills

  1. Hand Saws
  2. Safety Devices
  3. Bucket Truck Operator
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated chain saws, pole saws (both manual and motorized) hand saws, and pruners.
  • Placed and removed traffic control and safety devices in and around work area.
  • Cut trees and tree removal, stump grinding, bucket truck operator, small engines mechanic, and truck mechanic.
  • Directed crew of four men in all aspects of tree removal, freeing manager to grow account base.
  • Cut away dead, obstructive, or excess branches from trees and shrubbery.

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