How Long Does It Take To Trim A Pound Of Weed?

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Growing your own weed can of course be a whole lot of fun, and quite rewarding too. That being said, your weed isn’t ready to go once it is grown, because it still needs to be trimmed first, which can be quite time-consuming.

So, how long does it take to trim a pound of weed?

On average, if it is a professional trimming the weed, it should take around 4 to 6 hours, with 5 hours being the average. However, if you are a normal person with no or limited experience, it could easily take twice as long so 8 to 10 hours.

How Long Does It Take To Trim A Pound Of Weed


How Long Does It Take To Trim A Pound of Weed?

Trimming a pound of weed can take quite some time, and if you are a professional who has been doing so for years, you should be able to get through a single pound in about 4 or 5 hours at the very most.

Remember that trimming weed is quite a difficult and labor intensive process, as it requires you to sift through all of the marijuana buds and cut away any large fan leaves, most of the sugar leaves, and the big stems too. Just imagine that each bud you pick up is between 1 and 2 grams.

This could potentially mean having to trim 400 or 500 buds just to get through a single pound. All of that said, if this is your first time trimming weed and your fingers haven’t built up muscle memory yet, it may very well take you anywhere from 8 to 10 hours to trim a full pound of weed.

How Much Does it Cost to Trim a Pound of Weed?

If you have just a few weed plants that need trimming, then your best bet is to just trim them yourself. If you don’t have much weed to trim, and you don’t have much else to do anyway, then there is no point in paying others to do this for you.

However, if you do have a lot of weed that needs to be trimmed, then you may want to hire some professional trimmers to help you out.

On average, a trimmer will be paid between $80 and $150 for every pound of weed that they trim, with somewhere just over $100 per pound trimmed being fairly standard.

Of course, this does depend on the employer and the location. Larger employers with many pounds of weed will often pay the most.

Also, keep in mind that if weed is illegal where you live, then even bud trimming is risky business, which means that the pay does go up.

Now, some people may choose to pay bud trimmers by the hour instead of by the pound. If this is the case, a good starting wage is going to be around $12 to $15 per hour, with some paying as much as $20 per hour.

How Many Pounds Can a Trimmer Trim in a Day?

If a professional trimmer can get through a full pound of weed in 4 hours, if we say that a work day is 8 hours long, then a professional trimmer should be able to get through at least 2 pounds per day.

That said, many trimmers can work at a really good pace, and many will spend more than just 8 hours trimming per day. You can expect a professional trimmer to get through about 3 pounds of weed per day if they are experienced and efficient.

How Do You Trim Bud Fast?

Trimming buds is a fairly labor intensive process, but there are some good tips and tricks you can follow to make the process as fast and as easy as can be, so let’s take a quick look.

  • Always use new and high quality trimming shears and scissors. You need them to be very sharp. If they are not sharp, you are going to spend a long time trying to cut through tough stems. If your trimming tools are not new, you may want to sharpen them first.
  • All of those crystals and that THC is going to stick to your shears and scissors, which will make them sticky and hard to use. Therefore, it is recommended that you regularly clean off your tools using rubbing alcohol, to prevent them from getting sticky and hard to handle.
  • If you want to trim bud fast, it is recommended that you use your bare hands. Now, many do recommend wearing something like latex gloves to prevent too much of the THC from sticking to the fingers, but gloves will also cut down on the amount of feeling you have and will make the weed harder to handle.
  • Another good tip here is to start off by making manageable piles of weed, and then start with the big stuff. In other words, make piles and cut off the large stems, then once that has been done, move on to using your smaller scissors to trim off the leaves.
  • The other tip here is to just try to be as organized as possible. Good organization always makes everything go faster.


Now that you know how to trim buds, how long it takes, and how much it would cost to hire a professional, you can decide for yourself whether you want to do it on your own or call in the cavalry for assistance.


My passion for the sticky icky started nearly a decade ago, and it all began when I first laid my eyes on the beauty that is the marijuana plant.

I cover all aspects of growing from equipment recommendations to plant health/care tips to help both new and experienced growers.