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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

19-4071 Forest and Conservation Technicians

Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts under the direction of foresters, or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation and fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats. Excludes "Conservation Scientists" (19-1031) and "Foresters" (19-1032).


National estimates for Forest and Conservation Technicians
Industry profile for Forest and Conservation Technicians
Geographic profile for Forest and Conservation Technicians

National estimates for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,150 1.3 % $ 20.57 $ 42,780 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.45 $ 15.15 $ 18.72 $ 24.63 $ 29.29
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,970 $ 31,510 $ 38,940 $ 51,240 $ 60,910


Industry profile for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 20,730 1.00 $ 20.23 $ 42,080
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,680 0.21 $ 19.98 $ 41,560
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,880 0.05 $ 21.75 $ 45,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 510 0.03 $ 22.33 $ 46,440
Social Advocacy Organizations 490 0.22 $ 29.79 $ 61,960

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 20,730 1.00 $ 20.23 $ 42,080
Social Advocacy Organizations 490 0.22 $ 29.79 $ 61,960
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,680 0.21 $ 19.98 $ 41,560
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 50 0.05 $ 23.32 $ 48,510
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,880 0.05 $ 21.75 $ 45,240

Top paying industries for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 $ 30.70 $ 63,860
Social Advocacy Organizations 490 0.22 $ 29.79 $ 61,960
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 50 0.05 $ 23.32 $ 48,510
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 510 0.03 $ 22.33 $ 46,440
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $ 21.85 $ 45,440


Geographic profile for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

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





States with the highest employment level in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,330 0.39 1.78 $ 21.26 $ 44,220
Oregon 2,620 1.45 6.69 $ 20.19 $ 42,000
Idaho 2,050 2.86 13.17 $ 19.17 $ 39,880
Montana 1,980 4.35 20.06 $ 19.14 $ 39,820
Arizona 1,370 0.48 2.23 $ 19.54 $ 40,630




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 1,980 4.35 20.06 $ 19.14 $ 39,820
Idaho 2,050 2.86 13.17 $ 19.17 $ 39,880
Wyoming 640 2.45 11.31 $ 18.79 $ 39,090
Oregon 2,620 1.45 6.69 $ 20.19 $ 42,000
Alaska 410 1.40 6.44 $ 24.11 $ 50,140




Top paying states for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 100 0.03 0.13 $ 26.06 $ 54,200
Pennsylvania 380 0.07 0.32 $ 24.96 $ 51,910
Alaska 410 1.40 6.44 $ 24.11 $ 50,140
Illinois 480 0.09 0.39 $ 23.73 $ 49,370
Mississippi 200 0.18 0.85 $ 23.25 $ 48,360





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 590 0.10 0.47 $ 25.28 $ 52,590
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 550 0.37 1.71 $ 22.62 $ 47,050
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 530 0.55 2.54 $ 20.41 $ 42,460
Flagstaff, AZ 430 7.64 35.26 $ 19.69 $ 40,960
Boise City, ID 410 1.22 5.65 $ 20.03 $ 41,660
Missoula, MT 370 6.31 29.13 $ 19.79 $ 41,170
Fresno, CA 300 0.80 3.70 $ 19.81 $ 41,200
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 290 0.21 0.97 $ 21.86 $ 45,470
Bend-Redmond, OR 250 3.13 14.46 $ 20.67 $ 42,990
Wenatchee, WA 220 4.89 22.58 $ 18.77 $ 39,040




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Flagstaff, AZ 430 7.64 35.26 $ 19.69 $ 40,960
Missoula, MT 370 6.31 29.13 $ 19.79 $ 41,170
Wenatchee, WA 220 4.89 22.58 $ 18.77 $ 39,040
Carson City, NV 140 4.73 21.83 $ 22.56 $ 46,920
Bend-Redmond, OR 250 3.13 14.46 $ 20.67 $ 42,990
Grants Pass, OR 70 2.62 12.10 $ 20.24 $ 42,100
Rapid City, SD 130 2.02 9.31 $ 19.81 $ 41,200
Medford, OR 130 1.54 7.11 $ 20.83 $ 43,330
Duluth, MN-WI 180 1.50 6.90 $ 22.38 $ 46,540
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.39 6.41 $ 20.35 $ 42,330




Top paying metropolitan areas for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utica-Rome, NY (8) (8) (8) $ 27.68 $ 57,580
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 30 0.01 0.06 $ 27.29 $ 56,750
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 26.34 $ 54,780
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $ 25.94 $ 53,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 590 0.10 0.47 $ 25.28 $ 52,590
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 180 0.22 1.03 $ 24.95 $ 51,900
St. Cloud, MN (8) (8) (8) $ 24.62 $ 51,200
Springfield, IL 30 0.31 1.43 $ 24.50 $ 50,950
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 170 0.04 0.18 $ 23.55 $ 48,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.08 0.35 $ 23.39 $ 48,660

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 1,430 14.78 68.18 $ 20.13 $ 41,870
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 860 12.79 58.98 $ 19.15 $ 39,840
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 730 10.71 49.42 $ 19.58 $ 40,730
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 720 9.69 44.69 $ 18.73 $ 38,950
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 530 3.90 18.00 $ 19.13 $ 39,780

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 1,430 14.78 68.18 $ 20.13 $ 41,870
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 860 12.79 58.98 $ 19.15 $ 39,840
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 730 10.71 49.42 $ 19.58 $ 40,730
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 720 9.69 44.69 $ 18.73 $ 38,950
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 530 9.55 44.04 $ 19.68 $ 40,920

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 1.18 $ 27.06 $ 56,290
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 2.67 $ 26.74 $ 55,620
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.93 $ 25.38 $ 52,790
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.43 $ 24.65 $ 51,270
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.80 3.68 $ 24.22 $ 50,380


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021