How Much Does An Arborist Cost?

Typical Range:

$80 - $5,000

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Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated July 22, 2020

Written by HomeAdvisor.

Arborist Cost

Arborist costs vary depending on the job, but homeowners pay an average of $940 per visit. Smaller jobs (such as a smaller tree trim) might only cost $80 to $380. Larger jobs like removing a massive, mature tree cost at least $5,000.

Average Arborist Prices

Average Cost$940
High Cost$5,000
Low Cost$80

Arborist Cost Per Hour

Arborists charge exclusively by the job, not by the hour. Since every tree is different, costs will vary depending on tree type, size and the issue at hand.

Arborist Consultation Cost

While some arborists charge $80 to $150 for an initial consultation or inspection, others offer a consult for free. If you want an in-depth report on more than one tree, expect to pay anywhere from $450 to $700.

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Tree Service Prices

ServiceAverage Cost
Deep root aerationPriced by estimate
Wood chipping$70-$150
Deep root fertilization$100-$350
Monthly pest controlPriced by estimate
Tree cabling$200-$400
Tree trimming$80-$1,000
Tree removal$400-$2,000

Wood Chipping Service Cost

Wood chipping typically costs between $70 and $150. If you’re looking for a great mulch, an arborist can provide chips for any gardening projects you have.

Deep Root Aeration

Deep aeration prices vary. You’ll need an estimate from an arborist in your area. This process works well for trees in areas with compacted soil, such as cities. Arborists make holes to allow water to reach roots faster, but sometimes also fill those holes with compost.

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Deep Root Fertilization

Deep root fertilization costs anywhere from $100 to $350. After making or drilling holes, an arborist applies fertilizer to the roots to promote growth. Find a tree root fertilization service in your area to get your trees back on track.

Monthly Pest Control

Pest control for trees varies depending on the type of tree, infestation and severity. Contact an arborist near you to learn more. A local arborist will have the most accurate information on tree pests in your area.

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Cabling a Tree Cost

Tree cabling ranges from $200 to $400 on average and helps brace a tree for proper alignment and growth. Small trees might only cost $170. Medium or large ones could be $400 or more.

Tree Trimming

Tree trimming costs anywhere from $80 to $1,000. Pricing depends on height, as well as the number of trees you need trimmed.

Tree Removal

The cost to remove a tree is $650 on average but usually ranges between $400 and $2,000. Removing a very large tree could cost up to $5,000. Size, condition, and location play a big role in the price. For example, a tree that’s too close to a house will likely cost more to take out than one off in a field.

Planting a Tree

Planting a tree costs at least $150 to $300 to plant a tree, including the cost of labor and tree itself. Most trees are around $200 but certain varieties can cost $350 to $1,000 or more.

Expect to pay $1,500 to $3,000 to plant a large or mature tree. At this size, just the tree alone costs $2,120 on average (not including labor).

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DIY Tree Care vs. Hiring a Professional

Trees are complex living entities. They can experience sickness, infestation, weather damage, and soil irregularities. Arborists have an in-depth knowledge of trees that most homeowners don’t possess.

Trees add value to a home and are expensive to remove and replace. The sooner you can hire an arborist for tree care and maintenance, the better.


How much does tree pruning cost?

Tree pruning costs anywhere from $80 to $1,000. A 25-foot tree will fall to the lower end of the price range. Fifty-foot trees could run on the high end. An average pruning job costs $330. Call a tree pruning service near you for an exact estimate.

What is a tree doctor?

Tree doctors or surgeons are the same thing as arborists. In some countries like the UK, “tree surgeon” is the more common term.

What do arborists do?

Arborists provide tree services to protect both the tree and surrounding area. They treat growth problems, pests, dead or dying limbs and remove trees and stumps as needed.

Do arborists make good money?

On average, arborists make anywhere from $32,000 to $62,000 a year. Base pay is usually around $32,000 but this number grows with experience.

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