Factors that affect the cost of hiring a contractor cut down a dead tree include the species of the tree, its height, overall condition, diameter and where it is located. Smaller trees that are less than 30 feet high generally cost between $125 and $437 to remove while larger trees that are over 60 feet tall can cost anywhere from $400 to over $1,000 as of 2015.
The species of tree also factors into the overall price of removing it. For example, oak trees are known for their extremely dense wood that makes them more difficult to remove. Palm and pine trees also characteristically grow very tall, which means they require heavy machinery to remove and therefore cost more.
The condition of the tree in question also factors into the removal cost, as trees that are healthy generally cost more, while dead trees cost less. Large dead trees that are weak or brittle may ultimately cost more to remove because they can be more dangerous than healthy trees to work on. Furthermore, if the dead tree is located in a dense urban setting, the chances of the tree causing property damage during the removal process are increased, which also causes the price to rise.