Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
9,220 4.8 % $28.37 $59,000 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.86 $21.98 $27.46 $33.52 $40.08
Annual Wage (2) $37,160 $45,710 $57,110 $69,720 $83,370


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) 3,180 0.14 $25.24 $52,500
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,360 0.07 $30.12 $62,660
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,170 0.02 $26.82 $55,790
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 840 0.07 $34.22 $71,170
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 630 0.74 $28.69 $59,680

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 630 0.74 $28.69 $59,680
Logging 290 0.58 $29.16 $60,660
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 190 0.18 $28.02 $58,290
State Government (OES Designation) 3,180 0.14 $25.24 $52,500
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 80 0.12 $34.92 $72,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 80 0.12 $34.92 $72,640
Social Advocacy Organizations 60 0.03 $34.47 $71,690
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 840 0.07 $34.22 $71,170
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 190 0.05 $34.13 $70,980
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $31.46 $65,430


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 1,190 0.08 1.17 $34.51 $71,780
Minnesota 590 0.22 3.17 $28.42 $59,120
Oregon 580 0.35 5.08 $30.47 $63,380
Pennsylvania 470 0.08 1.19 $29.77 $61,930
Wisconsin 450 0.17 2.40 $25.11 $52,230




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 0.45 6.46 $25.32 $52,660
Idaho 260 0.43 6.19 $25.45 $52,940
Oregon 580 0.35 5.08 $30.47 $63,380
Vermont 80 0.28 4.08 $27.56 $57,320
Alaska 80 0.26 3.67 $32.28 $67,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,190 0.08 1.17 $34.51 $71,780
New Jersey 40 0.01 0.16 $34.25 $71,240
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.71 $33.76 $70,220
Alaska 80 0.26 3.67 $32.28 $67,130
Illinois 110 0.02 0.28 $32.04 $66,650





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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.09 1.24 $29.77 $61,910
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.10 1.49 $31.93 $66,410
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 100 0.74 10.64 $22.98 $47,790
Duluth, MN-WI 100 0.79 11.36 $27.25 $56,680
Eugene-Springfield, OR 80 0.57 8.16 $31.02 $64,520
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.30 $32.55 $67,710
Salem, OR 70 0.48 6.95 $29.13 $60,590
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.64 $28.22 $58,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.38 $36.37 $75,650
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 60 0.10 1.43 $33.63 $69,960




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 50 1.39 20.00 $29.58 $61,540
Coeur d'Alene, ID 40 0.81 11.60 $27.99 $58,220
Missoula, MT 40 0.79 11.38 $23.86 $49,630
Duluth, MN-WI 100 0.79 11.36 $27.25 $56,680
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 100 0.74 10.64 $22.98 $47,790
Redding, CA 30 0.61 8.72 $35.08 $72,960
Eugene-Springfield, OR 80 0.57 8.16 $31.02 $64,520
Tuscaloosa, AL 50 0.50 7.20 $20.79 $43,240
Salem, OR 70 0.48 6.95 $29.13 $60,590
Green Bay, WI 40 0.24 3.49 $25.92 $53,910




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.60 $84,460
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.38 $36.37 $75,650
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.25 $75,400
Redding, CA 30 0.61 8.72 $35.08 $72,960
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 60 0.10 1.43 $33.63 $69,960
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.30 $32.55 $67,710
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.10 1.49 $31.93 $66,410
Eugene-Springfield, OR 80 0.57 8.16 $31.02 $64,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.14 $62,680
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.09 1.24 $29.77 $61,910

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 Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.95 42.39 $24.17 $50,270
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 110 1.09 15.74 $33.58 $69,850
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.71 24.66 $30.17 $62,760
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.89 27.16 $26.96 $56,070
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 1.35 19.47 $25.37 $52,760

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 2.95 42.39 $24.17 $50,270
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.89 27.16 $26.96 $56,070
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.71 24.66 $30.17 $62,760
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 1.35 19.47 $25.37 $52,760
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.15 16.52 $25.47 $52,970

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 70 0.54 7.79 $42.58 $88,560
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 7.14 $36.22 $75,340
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 110 1.09 15.74 $33.58 $69,850
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.02 14.64 $32.07 $66,710
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 4.58 $31.76 $66,060


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014