NYS Department of Labor Statistics

Tree Pruners

Occupation code Occupation title (click on the occupation title to view its profile) Employment Employment per 1,000 jobs Location quotient Median hourly wage Mean hourly wage Annual mean wage
37-3013 Tree Trimmers and Pruners 2,030 0.216 0.74 $25.33 $25.08 $52,170

Across the country, the demand for arborists and tree pruners is climbing rapidly!

Arborists are tree care professionals that manage and care for landscape trees in yards, cities, parks and greenspaces. Many arborists engage in tree pruning and removals, but not all arborists climb trees or handle chainsaws. There are many other specialties as well, including tree planting, health evaluation and care, risk assessment, tree support and more.

Skills and knowledge needed for tree care include

  • Tree pruning
  • Tree climbing
  • Chainsaw handling
  • Heavy equipment use
  • Tree identification and growth habits
  • Tree biology and physiology
  • Tree health identification and care (insects, diseases, environmental conditions)

Arboriculture and Related Courses

  • NATR 160/161: Principles and Practices of Arboriculture (3)
  • BIOL 102: Botany (3)
  • ENSC 106: Pesticide Use and Handling (2)
  • ENSC 107: Integrated Pest Management (1)
  • HORT 101: Plant Materials (3)
  • HORT 206: Sustainable Landscapes (3)
  • HORT 241: Plant Protection (3)
  • NATR 103: Natural Resources Equipment Operation (2)
  • NATR 211: Forest Protection (3)
  • NATR 210: Dendrology (3)
  • NATR 261: Advanced Practices of Arboriculture (1)

Since 2013, SUNY Morrisville has annually received Tree Campus USA® recognition, a national program created by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and engaging staff and students in conservation goals.