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Tree Trimmers and Pruners in Alameda County

May also be called: Arborists; and Tree Climbers

What Would I Do?

Tree Trimmers and Pruners cut away damaged, dead, or excess branches from trees or shrubs to clear roads, sidewalks, or utility equipment. Tree Trimmers and Pruners may also cut down and remove entire trees.

Tree Trimmers and Pruners work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Most work 40 hours a week: however, they may be called into work at any time due to fallen trees and limbs.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Tree Trimmer and Pruner may appeal to those who enjoy working outside and tackling practical, hands-on problems and solutions. In addition, those who are knowledgeable about trees may also like this type of work.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Tree Trimmers and Pruners in California is $50,665 annually, or $24.35 hourly. The median wage for Tree Trimmers and Pruners in the East Bay Area is $49,453 annually, or $23.77 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Change to Hourly Wages
Annual Wages for 2021Low
(25th percentile)
(50th percentile)
(75th percentile)
East Bay Area$44,683$49,453$54,235
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
The East Bay Area includes Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
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Benefit packages vary widely by company. Tree Trimmers and Pruners working for government agencies usually receive benefits such as health and life insurance, vacation, sick leave, holidays, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Additional Tree Trimmers and Pruners are expected to be needed to keep up with the growing demand for tree trimming services from institutions, individual homeowners, and utility companies. However, like many occupations, employment may be sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy.

How Do I Qualify?

Many employers prefer to hire individuals with a high school diploma or GED. Entry-level Tree Trimmers and Pruners generally receive on-the-job training by working with an experienced worker or supervisor.

Finding a Job

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