Occupational Employment Statistics


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).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota  135$28.56/hr$24.22/hr$26.97/hr$29.11/hr$31.24/hr$32.51/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services440$25.98/hr
Public Administration90$29.38/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -10-
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/A$29.11/hr2.7%
Southwest Minnesota N/A$17.80/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/A$25.48/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$21.10/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/A$29.11/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$17.09/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$19.36/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$16.07/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 60$22.62/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 170$25.97/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 180$24.64/hrN/A
Minnesota 530$26.91/hrN/A

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Helpers--Extraction Workers 50$20.98/hr21.3%
Fence Erectors 290$19.25/hr11.6%
Hoist and Winch Operators 110$44.97/hr-1.6%
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 8,430$21.15/hr7.5%
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall 850$20.97/hr-4.4%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 45,070$16.96/hr5.5%
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals 730$12.81/hr8.8%
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 690$24.88/hr20.7%
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators 300$26.79/hr-13.6%

  • Clean, sharpen, and lubricate tools and equipment.
  • Operate shredding and chipping equipment, and feed limbs and brush into the machines.
  • Hoist tools and equipment to tree trimmers, and lower branches with ropes or block and tackle.
  • Collect debris and refuse from tree trimming and removal operations into piles, using shovels, rakes, or other tools.
  • Trim jagged stumps, using saws or pruning shears.
  • Load debris and refuse onto trucks and haul it away for disposal.
  • Inspect trees to determine if they have diseases or pest problems.
  • Cut away dead and excess branches from trees, or clear branches around power lines, using climbing equipment or buckets of extended truck booms, or chainsaws, hooks, handsaws, shears, and clippers.
  • Trim, top, and reshape trees to achieve attractive shapes or to remove low-hanging branches.
  • Provide information to the public regarding trees, such as advice on tree care.