How Much Does Tree Removal Cost?

Paige Bennett
Written by Paige Bennett
Updated January 11, 2022
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Tree removal typically costs between $200 and $2,000

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Tree removal services can cost anywhere from $200 to $2,000 or more. Shorter trees will cost closer to $200, while taller trees are harder to remove and can cost up to $2,000. Many tree removal professionals will charge by the foot, so removing a tall, shady elm tree will cost you more than a little flowering crape myrtle.

What Factors Influence Tree Removal Cost?

Tree removal costs vary widely based on height, number of trees, diameter of the trunks, and the tree’s accessibility. Whether you have an invasive tree species you want to remove or need it gone for landscaping purposes, take a look at the various costs below.

Cost Per Tree

Trees that are smaller, have narrow trunks, fewer branches, and are easy to access will cost about $200. Some with far-reaching branches might even need certain sections pulled down by ropes before a professional can remove the tree itself. The most challenging projects can cost $2,000 or more.

Cost Per Foot

Smaller trees typically cost less per foot compared to taller trees. Trees under 30 feet tall are considered shorter and cheaper to remove. The tiniest trees can cost as low as $8 per foot, while taller trees can cost $15 or more per foot.

How Much Does Tree Removal Cost Near You?

Tree removal costs vary by location. Some places require permits or other special requirements to remove trees. You might also need to obtain approval to remove native and/or protected tree species, which could cost more.

Tree Removal Costs by Region

If you live in a sunny locale and need a pesky palm tree removed, you might actually pay less (about $40 to $320) because palm trees are a softer wood that is easier to remove. That being said, people living in locations with variable seasons can take advantage of off-season discounts that some tree removal companies offer during colder months.

Tree Removal Costs by State

Different states have different requirements, such as permits or environmental laws, that can change the cost of tree removal. Here are the rates for tree removal in several states across the U.S.

LocationAverage Cost
California$650 – $1,300
Illinois$535 – $730
Colorado$350 – $650
Florida$750 – $1,500
Maine$515 – $700
New York$750 – $1,100
North Carolina$600 – $900
Texas$300 – $850
Washington$550 – $800
Washington, D.C.$250 – $700

Tree Removal Costs: Rural vs. Urban

Costs for tree removal can also vary by rural or urban locations. In a city, services are closer to you and won’t likely charge for the time spent traveling to your property. If you live in a rural area, tree removal companies will charge about $0.50 per mile to travel to your home or a flat rate ranging from $50 to $200.

How Many Trees Can You Get Removed With Your Budget?

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If you’re hoping to have several trees removed while sticking to a budget, you might have to prioritize how many and which trees your pro removes.

$200 to $450

The least you can expect to pay for tree removal is $200. This will pay for the removal of one small tree, typically 15 to 30 feet tall. Stump removal would cost extra, though, so if this is a strict budget, expect the stump to stay put.

$420 to $1,200

Trees that are about 30 feet tall will cost $420 for removal—again, without stump removal costs included. You can have a tree of up to 60 feet tall removed for about $1,200. This budget could also afford you the removal of two to three small trees.

$800 to $1,500

Large trees are taller, but they also typically have wider trunks that make removal more difficult. For large trees 60 feet tall with wide trunks, you’ll pay around $800. Trees up to 80 feet will cost around $1,500. Alternatively, you could have three or four small trees or two medium-sized trees removed for this budget range.

$1,000 to $2,000

Extremely large trees can be gorgeous, but they can also cause issues for homeowners, as extensive tree roots can damage lawns, pipes, driveways, or even home foundations. 

Trees that are 80 feet or taller will cost upward of $2,000 if not more, to remove. If the $1,000 to $2,000 range is your budget and you aren’t dealing with an extra-large tree, you could also have up to 10 small trees, about three or four medium-sized trees, or two large trees removed for this price. You can also hire a local pro to remove any lingering stumps.

How Much Does DIY Tree Removal Cost?

Tree removal is a dangerous job that you should leave to skilled professionals. If you have the required skill set, you might save a couple hundred dollars going the DIY route, but the money saved doesn’t outweigh the associated risks. In some cities, it’s even illegal to remove a tree yourself.

Cost of Materials

Safety is essential, so many materials are directly related to keeping yourself protected. Expect to pay $200 to $300 for gloves, protective goggles, steel-toed boots, a hard hat, chainsaw chaps, and earplugs.

You’ll also need a chainsaw ($50 to $150) and felling wedges ($20 for six).

Skills Required

Tree removal is best left to certified arborists, who can remove trees with minimal environmental impact while also avoiding risks of property damage. Removing a tree requires navigating the potential interference of wires, underground pipes, and other infrastructure on the property that isn’t always in plain sight.

Risks

We can’t stress this enough: tree removal is dangerous. It’s almost always a better idea to hire a local tree removal pro.

Many times, removing a tree, even by a professional, requires proper permits. If you don’t already have the necessary equipment, it can actually be even more expensive to handle this task on your own. Even for small trees, there is a high risk of hurting yourself or damaging your property and incurring fines. For larger trees, there’s a greater risk of serious injury or even death by attempting to DIY tree removal. You’ll also need to take other nearby trees and electrical lines into consideration—these make a DIY job even more dangerous.

Tree Removal Cost Breakdown

The cost of tree removal varies widely, mainly due to the amount of labor needed based on the size of the tree and its location on your property. Cleanup can add extra charges to your bill, too.

Materials

Professional tree removal services may use a variety of saws and ladders in addition to a bucket truck and other items for cleanup. The service will also require safety materials, like hard hats, earplugs, goggles, gloves, and steel-toed boots.

Labor

Tree removal is a risky job that requires professional skills, which is why much of the cost of tree removal service is in the labor. 

Certified arborists can efficiently and safely remove trees, assessing nearby risks during the job and ensuring there is no unnecessary damage to your home or yard. That is why you can expect to pay per foot, as taller trees require more time and risk to remove, rather than hourly rates. Before hiring a pro, make sure they are insured.

Cleanup

Most of the time, you aren’t going to want to keep the tree stump after the tree is removed. Stump removal is typically $100 to $150 for the first stump, with a deal on multiple stumps, such as $50 per each additional stump removal. Removing a tree stump is dangerous, but if you have the know-how, you can remove tree stumps with a chainsaw to save a little bit of money.

Removing a tree can also leave behind a trail of branches, bark, leaves, and the tree itself. The company might haul away your tree for about $70, put it through a chipper for an average cost of $95, or split it into firewood for your home at about $70.

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