Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
6,870 4.1 % $14.36 $29,860 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.07 $9.42 $12.59 $17.60 $22.43
Annual Wage (2) $18,870 $19,600 $26,190 $36,610 $46,660


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) 3,630 0.16 $12.74 $26,490
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,650 0.03 $15.54 $32,320
Social Advocacy Organizations 310 0.15 $16.50 $34,310
Logging 160 0.32 $15.71 $32,680
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 140 0.09 $12.66 $26,340

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 160 0.32 $15.71 $32,680
State Government (OES Designation) 3,630 0.16 $12.74 $26,490
Social Advocacy Organizations 310 0.15 $16.50 $34,310
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 140 0.09 $12.66 $26,340
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 80 0.08 $16.10 $33,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $20.44 $42,510
Employment Services (8) (8) $17.39 $36,160
Social Advocacy Organizations 310 0.15 $16.50 $34,310
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 80 0.08 $16.10 $33,490
Logging 160 0.32 $15.71 $32,680


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 1,910 0.12 2.47 $11.11 $23,100
Washington 550 0.18 3.67 $12.17 $25,320
South Dakota 440 1.08 21.59 $12.22 $25,410
Tennessee 340 0.12 2.45 $11.49 $23,900
Louisiana 230 0.12 2.37 $16.40 $34,100



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 440 1.08 21.59 $12.22 $25,410
North Dakota 190 0.43 8.55 $16.37 $34,060
Wyoming 70 0.23 4.63 $13.64 $28,370
Washington 550 0.18 3.67 $12.17 $25,320
Tennessee 340 0.12 2.45 $11.49 $23,900



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama 50 0.03 0.50 $24.21 $50,350
Pennsylvania 200 0.03 0.70 $21.35 $44,400
Texas 130 0.01 0.22 $19.19 $39,910
New Jersey 180 0.05 0.92 $18.94 $39,400
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $18.94 $39,390




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.96 $11.50 $23,910
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 160 0.12 2.42 $9.89 $20,580
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 140 0.11 2.13 $9.81 $20,410
Redding, CA 130 2.16 43.29 $9.87 $20,530
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 1.35 $12.99 $27,010
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 90 2.07 41.56 $10.66 $22,160
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 90 0.03 0.52 $17.19 $35,750
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 80 0.04 0.90 $19.38 $40,310
Knoxville, TN 60 0.15 3.07 $10.97 $22,820
Salinas, CA 60 0.35 7.05 $10.70 $22,250



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)
Redding, CA 130 2.16 43.29 $9.87 $20,530
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 90 2.07 41.56 $10.66 $22,160
Bend-Redmond, OR 30 0.43 8.64 $17.21 $35,790
Yakima, WA 40 0.41 8.30 $13.43 $27,920
Salinas, CA 60 0.35 7.05 $10.70 $22,250
Sioux Falls, SD 30 0.22 4.51 $18.25 $37,950
Knoxville, TN 60 0.15 3.07 $10.97 $22,820
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.12 2.32 $14.68 $30,540
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 160 0.12 2.42 $9.89 $20,580
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 140 0.11 2.13 $9.81 $20,410



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)
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.85 $19.44 $40,440
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 80 0.04 0.90 $19.38 $40,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 50 0.02 0.38 $18.73 $38,960
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.16 $18.27 $38,010
Sioux Falls, SD 30 0.22 4.51 $18.25 $37,950
Bend-Redmond, OR 30 0.43 8.64 $17.21 $35,790
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 90 0.03 0.52 $17.19 $35,750
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $16.22 $33,730
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.12 2.32 $14.68 $30,540
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC (8) (8) (8) $13.47 $28,010

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)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.03 40.63 $11.25 $23,410
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 190 2.04 40.85 $11.11 $23,110
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 2.06 41.25 $12.00 $24,950
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.80 36.17 $14.37 $29,880
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.97 19.40 $13.32 $27,720

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)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 2.06 41.25 $12.00 $24,950
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 190 2.04 40.85 $11.11 $23,110
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.03 40.63 $11.25 $23,410
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.80 36.17 $14.37 $29,880
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.97 19.40 $13.32 $27,720

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)
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 5.55 $21.46 $44,640
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 4.14 $20.59 $42,830
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.75 15.02 $18.71 $38,910
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 3.40 $16.41 $34,120
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.19 $33,670


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