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The Salary of a Tree Removal Business Owner

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A tree removal business can be a dangerous endeavor. Trees are unpredictable, and the wrong cut can result in a limb falling in the wrong spot, injuring people or damaging property. Heights are also an issue since some tree removal work occurs many feet in the air. Business owners in this industry often work with their crews on-site to ensure that a job is running smoothly and crews are following proper procedures. Salaries for these business owners may vary, depending on the size of the business, geographic location and services offered.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that those managing tree trimmers and other arbor workers -- such as those working for a tree removal company -- make anywhere from $31.33 hourly for the top 10 percent of the field's professionals to $24.90 hourly for mid-end business owners. Again, this salary depends on the size of the business and what the business charges clients for tree removal.

Operational Costs

A business owner has unique considerations in addition to salary. Because he is also responsible for operating costs, his salary may fluctuate accordingly since business owners are among the last to be paid. Just to get a tree removal business off the ground, a business owner may need between $10,000 and $50,000, according to the Entrepreneur website. These costs can chip away at the salary of a tree removal business owner.

Regional Variances

The salary of a tree removal business owner may be dictated by what salaries are in general for this type of work. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, tree trimming professionals in California may make $33,150 annually, while this same professional in North Carolina might earn $29,070 annually. A business owner in this region might expect to make on the higher end of this salary range.

Additional Considerations

The salary of a tree removal business owner also depends on a few other variables. This might include the number of employees working for the business, how many other expenses must be considered in addition to payroll, the amount of money spent on marketing and advertising the business and any physical overhead, including business vehicles and tools as well as the space in which the business is housed.


Lynda Moultry Belcher is a writer, editor and public relations professional. She worked for a daily newspaper for 10 years and has been a freelance writer for more than 15 years. She has contributed to Divorce360 and Revolution Health Group, among other publications. She is also the author of "101 Plus-Size Women's Clothing Tips" and writes "Style At Any Size," a bi-weekly newspaper column.

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