Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

45-4011 Forest and Conservation Workers

Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,040 3.9 % $13.34 $27,740 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.04 $9.33 $11.49 $16.53 $21.53
Annual Wage (2) $16,730 $19,410 $23,900 $34,390 $44,780


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 3,900 0.17 $12.08 $25,120
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,880 0.03 $14.46 $30,070
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 280 0.35 $13.77 $28,650
Social Advocacy Organizations 170 0.09 $16.10 $33,500
Logging 90 0.17 $16.80 $34,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 280 0.35 $13.77 $28,650
Logging 90 0.17 $16.80 $34,930
State Government (OES Designation) 3,900 0.17 $12.08 $25,120
Social Advocacy Organizations 170 0.09 $16.10 $33,500
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 40 0.04 $16.81 $34,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $19.39 $40,330
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 40 0.04 $16.81 $34,970
Logging 90 0.17 $16.80 $34,930
Social Advocacy Organizations 170 0.09 $16.10 $33,500
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,880 0.03 $14.46 $30,070


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,720 0.19 3.50 $10.83 $22,530
South Dakota 360 0.94 16.88 $12.67 $26,340
Illinois 290 0.05 0.94 $14.32 $29,780
Louisiana 270 0.15 2.64 $16.31 $33,920
Georgia 260 0.07 1.23 $11.84 $24,630




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 360 0.94 16.88 $12.67 $26,340
North Dakota 160 0.45 8.07 $12.22 $25,410
New Mexico 180 0.23 4.19 $13.04 $27,120
California 2,720 0.19 3.50 $10.83 $22,530
Hawaii 110 0.19 3.45 $16.61 $34,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 80 0.02 0.27 $21.63 $44,990
Michigan 50 0.01 0.25 $19.29 $40,120
Missouri 250 0.10 1.75 $18.38 $38,240
New York 90 0.01 0.20 $17.92 $37,260
Virginia 100 0.03 0.49 $17.58 $36,580

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 210 0.17 3.11 $10.83 $22,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.81 $9.75 $20,270
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.85 $13.27 $27,600
Salinas, CA 140 0.93 16.85 $10.40 $21,640
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.52 (8) (8)




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salinas, CA 140 0.93 16.85 $10.40 $21,640
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 210 0.17 3.11 $10.83 $22,530
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.85 $13.27 $27,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.81 $9.75 $20,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.52 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.85 $13.27 $27,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA (8) (8) (8) $12.00 $24,970
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 210 0.17 3.11 $10.83 $22,530
Salinas, CA 140 0.93 16.85 $10.40 $21,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.81 $9.75 $20,270

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 430 4.57 82.56 $10.19 $21,200
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.26 22.79 $11.59 $24,110
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 11.72 $16.23 $33,760
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 11.12 $14.52 $30,190
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.62 29.25 $11.52 $23,950

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 430 4.57 82.56 $10.19 $21,200
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.62 29.25 $11.52 $23,950
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.26 22.79 $11.59 $24,110
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 11.72 $16.23 $33,760
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 11.12 $14.52 $30,190

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 4.35 $19.70 $40,970
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 11.72 $16.23 $33,760
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.62 11.12 $14.52 $30,190
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 4.26 $13.15 $27,350
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 6.14 $12.60 $26,210


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011