Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-1032 Foresters

Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.


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)
9,470 3.0 % $27.47 $57,140 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.49 $21.56 $26.90 $32.72 $37.74
Annual Wage (2) $36,380 $44,850 $55,950 $68,060 $78,490


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) 3,370 0.15 $24.85 $51,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,450 0.07 $30.10 $62,600
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,340 0.02 $26.61 $55,350
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 630 0.76 $27.66 $57,530
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 530 0.02 $26.78 $55,690

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Logging 430 0.87 $29.43 $61,210
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 630 0.76 $27.66 $57,530
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 100 0.16 $32.12 $66,800
State Government (OES Designation) 3,370 0.15 $24.85 $51,690
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 120 0.11 $28.39 $59,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $35.79 $74,450
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 100 0.16 $32.12 $66,800
Social Advocacy Organizations 60 0.03 $32.04 $66,640
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.02 $31.89 $66,340
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 190 0.05 $31.12 $64,740


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 1,030 0.07 1.00 $31.18 $64,850
Minnesota 660 0.25 3.42 $28.45 $59,180
Oregon 560 0.35 4.78 $30.49 $63,430
Washington 530 0.19 2.64 $27.24 $56,660
Wisconsin 440 0.16 2.26 $25.09 $52,190




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)
Montana 200 0.47 6.41 $24.92 $51,840
Idaho 270 0.45 6.22 $25.26 $52,550
Oregon 560 0.35 4.78 $30.49 $63,430
Mississippi 300 0.28 3.84 $21.46 $44,640
Wyoming 70 0.26 3.62 $27.36 $56,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 30 0.01 0.11 $36.40 $75,720
Illinois 170 0.03 0.42 $33.62 $69,920
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $31.98 $66,510
Connecticut 90 0.06 0.80 $31.36 $65,230
California 1,030 0.07 1.00 $31.18 $64,850





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)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 240 0.30 4.08 $24.20 $50,330
Duluth, MN-WI 150 1.22 16.77 $28.37 $59,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.08 1.14 $29.94 $62,270
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 100 0.75 10.34 $22.75 $47,320
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.10 1.35 $31.12 $64,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.37 $32.24 $67,060
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.92 $27.33 $56,840
Eugene-Springfield, OR 80 0.55 7.59 $31.11 $64,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.38 $37.29 $77,560
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 60 0.03 0.46 $25.66 $53,380




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)
Corvallis, OR 40 1.31 18.10 $29.16 $60,660
Duluth, MN-WI 150 1.22 16.77 $28.37 $59,010
Coeur d'Alene, ID 50 0.88 12.04 $26.80 $55,750
Missoula, MT 40 0.79 10.93 $23.64 $49,160
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 100 0.75 10.34 $22.75 $47,320
Redding, CA 40 0.62 8.59 $33.87 $70,450
Eugene-Springfield, OR 80 0.55 7.59 $31.11 $64,720
Salem, OR 60 0.40 5.46 $29.53 $61,430
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 240 0.30 4.08 $24.20 $50,330
Green Bay, WI 40 0.22 3.04 $26.36 $54,820




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.38 $37.29 $77,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.35 $73,540
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.10 1.32 $34.69 $72,160
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $34.54 $71,850
Redding, CA 40 0.62 8.59 $33.87 $70,450
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.37 $32.24 $67,060
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.10 1.35 $31.12 $64,730
Eugene-Springfield, OR 80 0.55 7.59 $31.11 $64,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.19 $29.95 $62,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.08 1.14 $29.94 $62,270

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)
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.48 34.17 $26.73 $55,600
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.94 40.44 $24.10 $50,130
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 110 1.20 16.51 $33.35 $69,360
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 0.53 7.32 $20.55 $42,740
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.76 24.24 $29.44 $61,240

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 Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.94 40.44 $24.10 $50,130
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.48 34.17 $26.73 $55,600
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.76 24.24 $29.44 $61,240
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 1.39 19.09 $25.41 $52,850
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 110 1.20 16.51 $33.35 $69,360

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)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 4.77 $35.91 $74,700
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.06 $70,830
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 110 1.20 16.51 $33.35 $69,360
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.87 11.99 $31.10 $64,700
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 3.47 $30.84 $64,150


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013