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Tree surgeon

Tree surgeons carry out all kinds of tree work including planting, felling, care and maintenance, and hazard assessments.

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £30,000

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 1% more Tree surgeon jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • assessing hazards posed by trees
  • assessing tree health and treatment
  • pruning or removing branches
  • planting and felling trees

There are no set requirements but many tree surgeons gain experience in a closely related job like ground worker. Ground workers support tree surgeons and learn how to use chainsaws, ropes, ladders and harnesses.

Experience is highly valued. You can approach conservation organisations, horticulture groups, the National Trust or the Woodland Trust to find voluntary work.


£16,000 to £30,000

Starter salary: £16,000

Experienced salary: £24,000

These figures are a guide.


As a full-time tree surgeon working for an employer, you'll usually work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You may need to work some weekends and you may be called out of hours to deal with emergencies. There are often self-employment and consultancy opportunities available for experienced tree surgeons.

Depending on the areas you cover, you may need to travel between different sites. Most tree surgeons will have their own vehicle for work.

You'll carry out physically demanding, potentially hazardous work that may take place in all weathers.

With qualifications and experience, you could progress to supervisor or manager. You could also start your own business.

You could move into recreational tree climbing, taking people into treetops as an outdoor activity.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • the ability to use ropes, harnesses and equipment
  • the ability to understand plans and maps
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