Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
8,590 3.9 % $29.16 $60,650 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.59 $22.76 $28.00 $33.97 $40.86
Annual Wage (2) $38,660 $47,350 $58,230 $70,660 $84,980


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) 3,050 0.14 $26.37 $54,850
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,290 0.06 $30.89 $64,260
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.02 $27.19 $56,550
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 600 0.05 $37.90 $78,830
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 560 0.61 $29.27 $60,890

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 330 0.64 $33.77 $70,240
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 560 0.61 $29.27 $60,890
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 260 0.26 $31.49 $65,500
State Government (OES Designation) 3,050 0.14 $26.37 $54,850
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 70 0.09 $37.13 $77,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 600 0.05 $37.90 $78,830
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 70 0.09 $37.13 $77,230
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 210 0.05 $36.80 $76,550
Logging 330 0.64 $33.77 $70,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 0.01 $32.28 $67,150


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 940 0.06 0.98 $36.99 $76,930
Washington 480 0.16 2.58 $31.89 $66,330
Oregon 450 0.26 4.18 $30.75 $63,960
Wisconsin 430 0.16 2.51 $25.74 $53,550
Minnesota 390 0.14 2.24 $28.43 $59,120



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)
Idaho 310 0.48 7.72 $25.70 $53,450
Montana 190 0.42 6.78 $25.82 $53,700
South Dakota 110 0.27 4.32 $23.56 $49,010
Oregon 450 0.26 4.18 $30.75 $63,960
Wyoming 70 0.25 3.99 $27.71 $57,650



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 160 0.08 1.32 $38.18 $79,400
California 940 0.06 0.98 $36.99 $76,930
New Jersey 50 0.01 0.21 $35.06 $72,930
Connecticut 80 0.05 0.80 $34.77 $72,320
Alaska 70 0.23 3.62 $33.34 $69,340




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 130 0.07 1.09 $29.42 $61,180
Duluth, MN-WI 80 0.64 10.22 $27.01 $56,170
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.53 8.57 $25.55 $53,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.01 0.18 $28.55 $59,390
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 0.31 $30.71 $63,880
Salem, OR 60 0.42 6.67 $31.25 $65,000
Eugene, OR 60 0.44 7.02 $32.91 $68,460
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 60 0.62 9.97 $26.54 $55,190
Raleigh, NC 60 0.11 1.78 $30.38 $63,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.65 $28.64 $59,560



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)
Longview, WA 30 0.96 15.34 $36.60 $76,130
Coeur d'Alene, ID 50 0.91 14.62 $27.81 $57,850
Missoula, MT 50 0.87 13.96 $24.77 $51,520
Duluth, MN-WI 80 0.64 10.22 $27.01 $56,170
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 60 0.62 9.97 $26.54 $55,190
Medford, OR 40 0.54 8.62 $30.35 $63,130
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.53 8.57 $25.55 $53,140
Eugene, OR 60 0.44 7.02 $32.91 $68,460
Salem, OR 60 0.42 6.67 $31.25 $65,000
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 50 0.23 3.67 $30.80 $64,060



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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 50 0.06 0.91 $39.93 $83,060
Longview, WA 30 0.96 15.34 $36.60 $76,130
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.62 $74,100
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.08 1.29 $35.62 $74,090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $33.57 $69,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $33.11 $68,860
Eugene, OR 60 0.44 7.02 $32.91 $68,460
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.05 0.79 $31.73 $66,000
Salem, OR 60 0.42 6.67 $31.25 $65,000
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 50 0.23 3.67 $30.80 $64,060

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)
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 140 2.99 48.06 $25.01 $52,030
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 8.99 $24.97 $51,940
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.81 13.03 $30.91 $64,300
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 1.78 28.62 $25.73 $53,520
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 6.89 $27.83 $57,880

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)
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 140 2.99 48.06 $25.01 $52,030
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 1.78 28.62 $25.73 $53,520
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 1.38 22.12 $29.38 $61,120
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 1.18 18.90 $30.95 $64,370
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.13 18.11 $28.66 $59,620

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)
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $39.18 $81,490
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.09 $75,070
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 9.95 $34.39 $71,540
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.97 15.57 $31.69 $65,920
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 12.08 $31.09 $64,670


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016