How Much Does It Cost To Remove A Tree Stump?


(one large stump; equipment, labor and material)
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Cost To Remove A Tree Stump

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Tree stump removal is made necessary after tree removal due to safety concerns or to enhance the appearance and accessibility of your property.

How much does it cost to remove a tree stump?

You will find the cost to remove an average tree stump will vary with stump size and type, its nearness to buildings, the accessibility of its location, and labor rate.

Cost breakout

In the following tables the Labor Cost figure is what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the complete task.

Remove tree stump: large size in a residential lot, no power-line or building issues.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Hand tools: standard kit; shears, axe, shovels, rakes, and safety systems. $65 per day 0.5 $33
Stump grinder: 9 HP wheel mounted; requires included gasoline and proper vehicle for transport to and around site. $124 per day 0.5 $62
Equipment Cost $189 per day 0.5 $95
+ Labor Cost $38 per hour 4 $152
Total Cost $247 per stump 1 $247

Additional considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Electric utility companies often perform tree trimming around their overhead lines at no cost to the homeowner, check with them if this is your case.

DIY considerations

  • This activity is not recommended for DIY as it is intrinsically dangerous working with aggressive motorized equipment.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY and arborist Web sites.
How much does it cost to remove a tree stump in your city?
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Cost by city

(one large stump; equipment, labor and material)
  • New York, NY$397
  • Bronx, NY$326
  • Brooklyn, NY$272
  • Philadelphia, PA$339
  • Washington, DC$294
  • Atlanta, GA$266
  • Miami, FL$242
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$254
  • Minneapolis, MN$297
  • Chicago, IL$347
  • Houston, TX$357
  • San Antonio, TX$240
  • Austin, TX$272
  • Denver, CO$230
  • Phoenix, AZ$242
  • Las Vegas, NV$266
  • Los Angeles, CA$300
  • San Diego, CA$272
  • San Jose, CA$328
  • Seattle, WA$240

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