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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 19023$26.29/hr$20.44/hr$20.51/hr$25.99/hr$31.79/hr$33.08/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services340$21.29/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration50$31.79/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/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/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$20.68/hr31.3%
Southwest Minnesota 20$20.33/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$26.28/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$20.66/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$21.29/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 40$23.97/hr2.8%
Southeast Balance of State 70$20.33/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 90$20.33/hr7.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 190$25.99/hr7.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 200$25.99/hrN/A
Minnesota 390$22.23/hr6.8%

  • 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.
  • Prune, cut down, fertilize, and spray trees as directed by tree surgeons.
  • Apply tar or other protective substances to cut surfaces or seal surfaces and to protect them from fungi and insects.
  • 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.