|Quick Facts: Logging Workers|
$42,350 per year
$20.36 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|7% (As fast as average)|
Logging workers harvest forests to provide the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.
Logging is physically demanding and can be dangerous. Workers spend all their time outdoors, sometimes in poor weather and often in isolated areas.
Most logging workers have a high school diploma. They get on-the-job training to become familiar with forest environments and to learn how to operate logging machinery.
The median annual wage for logging workers was $42,350 in May 2020.
Overall employment of logging workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 7,400 openings for logging workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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