Tree Trimmers and Pruners

risk level
Based on 64 votes
by year 2032
or $23.59 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

65% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

User poll

43% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 65% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Tree Trimmers and Pruners will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Tree Trimmers and Pruners' job openings is expected to rise 3.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Tree Trimmers and Pruners' was $49,070, or $23 per hour

'Tree Trimmers and Pruners' were paid 2.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 50,270 people employed as 'Tree Trimmers and Pruners' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as 'Tree Trimmers and Pruners'.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 37-3013.00


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j says
all they have to do is write laws that say you have to have x type of trees within x amount of feet of the road/driveway whatever. these requirements will start with all new developments and over time every one will be brought into compliance. Its not just about making robots that can do everything, its about restricting your liberties to that which robots can control. It's already under way with all these tyrannical policies that "no one thinks is a big deal" and the people who resist them are called extremists....
Mar 02, 2024 at 04:57 AM
Michael Wahlberg (Low) says
There are many parameters to consider; shape, balance, season. These parts can be facilitated with AI, but then going around and cutting in the right places is less likely, in that case, a robot should be designed like a spider or something similar.
Feb 28, 2024 at 12:54 PM
SineEyed (No chance) says
Tree trimming, as a task, is too complex, dynamic, and nuanced for a machine to accomplish in the foreseeable future. AI or autonomous machines could likely perform any of the multitudes of tasks that comprise tree work as a whole, but only if it performs them individually. Purchasing a separate machine to handle each of the 1000 tasks that need to get done to finish a job is not a viable option. The complexity involved in developing machines that could combine many functions, such that a larger percentage of the sum total of tasks is accomplished by a single unit, would drive the cost of such a machine beyond what any company owner would be willing to pay.

In my opinion, the realistic risk of automation in this occupation is 0%.
Apr 23, 2022 at 07:29 PM
Michael (Low) says
Would need to be ninja robots. Incredible balance, strength and agility to climb through a canopy.
Dec 01, 2021 at 08:25 AM

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