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How much does tree trimming cost?

Average cost in 20149: $410 See National


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The average cost for a tree trimmer is $410. You are likely to spend between $160 and $1,045 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 1st, 2017

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Tree trimming services are available for any type and size of tree. Clients can request ongoing maintenance or a one-time service to address a particular concern. Many variables affect the cost of tree trimming services.


Tree trimming companies often charge by the hour, with variable hourly rates reflecting the skill, equipment or extra measures required for trimming a particular tree. Because each job can be so unique, most companies do not have set rates, but instead—like Rudy’s Tree Service—provide free estimates for the total cost of a particular job. Heaven’s Gate Tree Service, on the other hand, charges $150 per hour for basic tree trimming. Hourly rates for tree trimming can be as much as $300 per hour.

Type of tree

The harder the wood, the thicker the branches and the more overgrown the limbs are, the more it can cost to trim a tree. Smaller trees with thinner branches require less time and technical expertise than an older, taller tree and will therefore cost less.

Height of tree

Tree height plays a key role in determining overall cost. The taller the tree, the more dangerous the job can be. Liability increases, felling branches requires more care and advanced equipment and expertise is sometimes need to safely trim a really tall tree.

Tree diameter

The distance across the tree trunk also affects the cost of tree trimming. You may pay more for a shorter, thicker tree than a taller, slimmer one because of the time and difficulty involved.

Tree health

Trimming healthy branches requires more work than trimming dead or dying limbs. The wood of a dead branch is brittle and lighter than a healthy tree branch, making them easier to trim off. Thus, an unhealthy tree often costs less to trim than a healthy tree.

Tree location

A tree growing flush to a wall or fence, one that is precariously positioned or one that is entangled with wires will often cost more to trim than a free-standing tree. Costs increase because of the additional time and care required to keep property and workers safe.

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Recent reviews

SG Lawn Worx

Outstanding, efficient, and cost effective. Highly recommended.

Smith Tree Care Experts LLC

Work was completed as expected. They suggest additional trees that need trimming once on the ground without any additional fees. Cost estimate was reasonable and affordable.

Todd's Handyman Services

Damaged branch removal about 20-25 feet above ground. Todd and son arrived at time promised, went right to work on job, got branch (which was quite extensive and large) off the lower limbs of the tree without damaging those limbs, cleaned up and left. Worked efficiently and did a fine job. Fee was at the lower end of estimated cost so,given the fine job done, I paid a bit more than that lower end. Highly recommend Todd and son.