There are currently an estimated 178,300 landscapers in the United States. The landscaper job market is expected to grow by 11.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are landscapers?

CareerExplorer rates landscapers with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 26,300 landscapers. That number is based on 20,300 additional landscapers, and the retirement of 6,000 existing landscapers.

Are landscapers in demand?

Job growth in landscaping is expected to be moderate through 2020. Various factors significantly impact the number of opportunities in this field. Local real estate and construction markets tend to strongly influence the demand for landscapers. In a robust economy when construction and renovations thrive and real estate sales rise, there is a simultaneous rise in demand for landscapers who are trained in site planning, garden design, and installation of lawn sprinkler systems. Conversely, economic downturns commonly mean less work in the industry. Institutions, like corporate headquarters and universities, present larger and often more intricate projects for talented landscapers. Continued desire for well-maintained outdoor spaces, increased public interest in environmental issues, and homeowners’ lack of time to maintain their own gardens and yards should also create demand for landscapers. Generally, demand will be greater in areas with temperate climates, where landscaping can be conducted throughout the year.

What’s the supply of landscapers?

The landscaper industry is concentrated in California, Florida, Texas

Landscaper job market by state

State Name Employed Landscapers
California 10,280
Florida 8,760
Texas 6,180
New York 5,280
Illinois 3,930
Ohio 3,690
Michigan 3,340
Georgia 3,200
Arizona 3,020
Maryland 2,970
Pennsylvania 2,950
Massachusetts 2,940
Virginia 2,810
Indiana 2,360
North Carolina 2,310
Colorado 2,310
Minnesota 2,170
New Jersey 2,050
Tennessee 2,020
South Carolina 1,900
Alabama 1,850
Missouri 1,820
Washington 1,800
Wisconsin 1,700
Connecticut 1,330
Kansas 1,320
Kentucky 1,280
Arkansas 1,270
Oklahoma 1,200
Oregon 1,040
Iowa 1,000
Mississippi 970
Utah 960
Nevada 900
Louisiana 850
Hawaii 760
Nebraska 710
New Mexico 650
Puerto Rico 650
Idaho 640
New Hampshire 630
Maine 510
Rhode Island 500
West Virginia 380
Montana 380
Delaware 330
North Dakota 310
Wyoming 210
Vermont 210
South Dakota 200
Guam 80
Virgin Islands, U.S. 60
District of Columbia 60