How Much Does Tree Stump Removal Cost?

After removing a tree, many homeowners want tree stump removal. Old stumps aren’t just unsightly — they’re dangerous, can attract insects and harbor disease.

Due to the potential for property damage and the presence of underground utilities, removing a tree stump isn’t a do-it-yourself project. So how much will it cost to hire a professional tree services company?

No two projects are exactly alike, so costs vary. But for most customers, the cost is under $500, and often much less.

How Much Does Tree Stump Removal Cost

Average Costs for Stump Removal

According to, the trusted home improvement marketplace, $298 is the national average stump removal cost.

Most professional tree services companies charge between $2 and $5 per inch in diameter, measured at the stump’s widest point. Using that formula, most people end up paying somewhere in the range of $162 to $473 for removal, although the cost can be upwards of $900 — and that doesn’t include stump grinding.

Rates for Tree Stump Grinding

Professional grinding typically costs about $3 per diameter inch, and most projects are priced around $200. However, several factors, including tree type, accessibility, and root removal, can increase the cost.

Handy homeowners can rent a grinder and do the work themselves — if no utilities are nearby. But with average stump grinder rental prices at around $190, the savings aren’t likely to be significant. Plus, because of the challenges in dealing with local codes and permitting requirements, going the DIY route usually isn’t worth the effort.

Factors that Affect Tree Stump Removal Cost

In determining the price for stump removal, professional tree services companies take the following into account:

Size: The larger the stump, the more complex the root system — and the higher the price for removal.
Tree type: Stumps of dense hardwood trees like oak, elm, and birch can be more difficult — and thus, more costly — to remove.
Root removal: Sprawling root systems are harder to remove, and the additional work adds to the project cost.
Preparation: If the trunk needs to be cut down to ground level, there may be an additional charge. The same goes for stumps that need to be cleared of overgrowth before removal.
Cleanup: After grinding, removing the piles of sawdust left behind may add to the removal cost.

To find out how much it will cost to remove and grind your tree stump, schedule a consultation with a certified arborist in your area. For affordable tree services in the greater Salt Lake City area, reach out to Reliable Tree Care.

As a northern Utah industry leader for more than two decades, Reliable Tree Care has a reputation for top-notch workmanship, exceptional customer service and competitive pricing. Contact our Murray office and schedule a free, comprehensive yard analysis and tree stump removal estimate today.