How Much It Costs to Hire a Tree Service

Amber Guetebier
Written by Amber Guetebier
Updated February 11, 2022
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Tree service typically costs about $863 and varies greatly depending on the kind of work you need

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Whether you live in the ‘burbs or on the edge of a forest, you can expect tree services costs to range from $431 to $1,316. On the low end, costs can run about $270, with the high-end range at $2500. This will vary based on whether or not you want your trees trimmed or if you are looking for total tree removal.

There’s nothing like a beautiful tree on your property—one that creates plenty of cool shade in the summer and hosts all those chatty birds. But when it comes to maintaining the health of your trees, you’ll likely need to hire a tree service. This guide will help you calculate what to expect when it comes to the cost of a tree service so you can make sure you trim your trees—not your wallet.

What Factors Influence Tree Service Costs?

The national average cost for a tree service is $863. Tree height, the tree’s health, the size of the tree, and what type of service you need can change the price significantly.

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What Type of Tree Service Do You Need?

Determining what type of work you need done is the best way to hone in on the true cost of your tree service. Here are the average prices for the most common types of tree maintenance.

Tree Trimming Costs

Having your trees trimmed seasonally (usually no more than one time per year) has an average cost of $460, with most homeowners paying between $200 and $760. For trees under 30 feet, you’ll generally only pay $75 to $400. For mid-sized trees of 30 to 60 feet, expect to be in the $150 to $800 range. Large trees over 60 feet can be $1,500 and up. 

Be sure to ask your professional if they include cleanup costs. Otherwise, you’ll need to add $25 to $100 for dumping.

The Size of the Tree

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When it comes to the cost of trimming, a small-to-medium-sized tree (think ornamental plum trees or crepe myrtles) will likely be on the lower end of the cost spectrum. A tree that runs 30 feet or more and requires special equipment like a cherry picker will considerably raise costs. 

On average, a tree that is one to 30 feet tall will cost between $100 and $400. A tree that is 30 to 60 feet tall will cost from $175 to $600. For a tree that is 60 feet or taller, expect to pay between $200 to $1,800 or more.

Tree Removal Costs

Tree removal costs are usually the highest-cost tree service and can range from $400 to $1,200 per tree, with most homeowners paying $750. This does not always include stump removal—which involves grinding out the stump and cleanup. Expect to add $163 to $507 per tree stump. Like tree trimming, most tree removal professionals charge by the height of the tree, an average cost of $8 to $15 per foot, but diameter will also increase this rate.

Location of the Tree

Where the tree is located on your property affects the cost of a tree service. For example, trees located in the front yard are more easily accessible, but if the tree is large or near power lines, the work may require a special permit and equipment, raising the cost.

How Much Does Tree Service Cost Near You?

The national average cost for a tree service is $863. Professionals usually factor the cost of removing tree and shrub debris into their estimate, but be sure to ask when getting yours.

Tree Service Cost by State

StateCost
Arizona$273–$783
California$842–$1738
Colorado$337–$956
Florida$364–$1150
Illinois$385–$1136
Minnesota$436–$1282
North Carolina$495–$1667
New York$485–1407
Oregon$428–$1261
Texas$353–$954
Washington$463–$1421

FAQs About the Cost of a Tree Service

When is it time to cut down a tree?

Your tree’s health may be the greatest decider in whether or not you want to trim the tree or have it removed altogether. Homeowners should cut down a dead or dying tree to protect their property and home from damage. 

Most professionals provide free estimates and can help you assess if the tree is healthy enough to keep. Homeowners should also be aware that the species of tree can also affect the decision to remove. In certain areas, some tree species are protected, which may require additional permitting for removal. The tree species and diameter also come into play.

Do you need a tree service?

For many homeowners, seasonal maintenance of ornamental trees on their property can be done with relative ease using pruners, a tree trimming pole, and a step ladder. If you have any trees over 15 to 20 feet, you should hire a tree service to evaluate its health and prune the tree for you. Tree trimming can be dangerous work, and felling a branch the wrong way can result in thousands of dollars in property damage.

Why should you prune your trees?

Tree pruning can improve the health of your trees by encouraging new growth. In addition, removing large branches away from your house and roofline to avoid any potential damage to your home is a smart idea before any stormy weather.

When should you hire a tree service?

The ideal time to prune your trees and hire a tree service is early spring before growth or fall after trees go dormant (even evergreens stop growing in the winter). For deciduous trees that lose their leaves, pruning before the tree begins to leaf out can help give a good sense of the tree’s shape. 

While the costs can seem higher than the average cost for hiring a gardener or landscape professional, investing in a tree service will help ensure that your trees—and your home—will look great for years to come.

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