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Agriculture, Horticulture, & the Outdoors

 

Tree Climber / Trimmer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Trims and prunes trees. Clears away excess branches near utility lines or over roads or sidewalks. Prunes dead or diseased tree limbs to improve the appearance and health of the tree. Uses rigging equipment and may work from a truck powered lift; uses chain saws and other power equipment.

Job Outlook

There were 800 Tree Climber / Trimmer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 20108 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Tree Climber / Trimmer industry, which includes the Tree Climber / Trimmer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Tree Climber / Trimmer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $35,862.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $34,712.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Tree Climber / Trimmer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $30,198.

Education and Experience

Posted Tree Climber / Trimmer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree0%
Master's Degree0%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other100%

Posted Tree Climber / Trimmer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years80%
3 to 5 years19%
6 to 8 years0%
9+ years1%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Tree Climber / Trimmer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Physical Abilities (43%)
  • Range of Motion (34%)
  • Communication Skills (5%)
  • Detail-Oriented (5%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (3%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Chain Saws (41%)
  • Manual Dexterity (35%)
  • Repair (32%)
  • Lift Trucks (28%)
  • Tree Felling (23%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (14%)
  • Hand Tools (10%)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (10%)
  • Lifting Ability (9%)
  • First Aid (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Knot Tying (3%)
  • Circular Saws (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Tree Climber / Trimmer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Tree Climber
  • Groundperson
  • Trimmer/Climber
  • Tree Trimmer
  • Trimmer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Tree Climber / Trimmer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Asplundh Tree Expert Company (6053)
  • Wright Tree Service (1087)
  • Davey Tree Expert Company (721)
  • Savatree (464)
  • Lewis Tree Service Incorporated (347)

North Carolina

  • Asplundh Tree Expert Company (387)
  • Davey Tree Expert Company (40)
  • Burford's Tree, Llc 342 (23)
  • Lewis Tree Service Incorporated (22)
  • Burford's Tree, Llc 345 (16)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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