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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

45-4023 Log Graders and Scalers

Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume. Excludes “Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products” (13-1021).


National estimates for Log Graders and Scalers
Industry profile for Log Graders and Scalers
Geographic profile for Log Graders and Scalers

National estimates for Log Graders and Scalers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Log Graders and Scalers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,260 4.7 % $ 19.96 $ 41,520 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Log Graders and Scalers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.86 $ 15.50 $ 18.18 $ 22.96 $ 28.48
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,830 $ 32,230 $ 37,820 $ 47,760 $ 59,240


Industry profile for Log Graders and Scalers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Log Graders and Scalers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,850 2.10 $ 20.29 $ 42,200
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 450 0.19 $ 17.81 $ 37,050
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 400 0.49 $ 17.01 $ 35,390
Other Support Services 260 0.09 $ 25.06 $ 52,120
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 160 0.01 $ 20.92 $ 43,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Log Graders and Scalers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,850 2.10 $ 20.29 $ 42,200
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 400 0.49 $ 17.01 $ 35,390
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 450 0.19 $ 17.81 $ 37,050
Logging 80 0.17 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Other Support Services 260 0.09 $ 25.06 $ 52,120

Top paying industries for Log Graders and Scalers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Support Services 260 0.09 $ 25.06 $ 52,120
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 30 0.03 $ 24.41 $ 50,770
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 160 0.01 $ 20.92 $ 43,510
Logging 80 0.17 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,850 2.10 $ 20.29 $ 42,200


Geographic profile for Log Graders and Scalers:

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



Map of employment of log graders and scalers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Log Graders and Scalers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Carolina 280 0.06 2.71 $ 17.29 $ 35,970
California 260 0.02 0.68 $ 22.63 $ 47,070
Alabama 220 0.11 4.85 $ 18.72 $ 38,940
Washington 200 0.06 2.67 $ 23.83 $ 49,560
Missouri 190 0.07 2.98 $ 18.36 $ 38,200


Map of location quotient of log graders and scalers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Log Graders and Scalers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 150 0.20 8.68 $ 23.68 $ 49,250
West Virginia 120 0.19 8.05 $ 21.15 $ 44,000
Mississippi 170 0.15 6.49 $ 17.34 $ 36,060
Vermont 40 0.14 6.11 $ 18.16 $ 37,770
Alabama 220 0.11 4.85 $ 18.72 $ 38,940


Map of annual mean wages of log graders and scalers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Log Graders and Scalers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 120 0.07 2.94 $ 25.54 $ 53,130
Washington 200 0.06 2.67 $ 23.83 $ 49,560
Idaho 150 0.20 8.68 $ 23.68 $ 49,250
Kentucky 70 0.04 1.55 $ 22.66 $ 47,140
California 260 0.02 0.68 $ 22.63 $ 47,070



Map of employment of log graders and scalers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Log Graders and Scalers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Longview, WA 50 1.30 56.19 $ 22.44 $ 46,670
Tuscaloosa, AL 30 0.35 15.15 $ 20.65 $ 42,950
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 30 0.02 0.73 $ 24.04 $ 50,010


Map of location quotient of log graders and scalers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Log Graders and Scalers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Longview, WA 50 1.30 56.19 $ 22.44 $ 46,670
Tuscaloosa, AL 30 0.35 15.15 $ 20.65 $ 42,950
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 30 0.02 0.73 $ 24.04 $ 50,010


Map of annual mean wages of log graders and scalers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Log Graders and Scalers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 30 0.02 0.73 $ 24.04 $ 50,010
Longview, WA 50 1.30 56.19 $ 22.44 $ 46,670
Tuscaloosa, AL 30 0.35 15.15 $ 20.65 $ 42,950

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Log Graders and Scalers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 110 1.59 68.66 $ 23.29 $ 48,440
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 26.26 $ 19.06 $ 39,650
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.32 13.63 $ 17.04 $ 35,440
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 12.42 $ 17.07 $ 35,510
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 46.30 $ 18.73 $ 38,960

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Log Graders and Scalers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 110 1.59 68.66 $ 23.29 $ 48,440
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 46.30 $ 18.73 $ 38,960
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.77 33.19 $ 17.13 $ 35,620
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.70 30.25 $ 17.88 $ 37,190
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 26.26 $ 19.06 $ 39,650

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Log Graders and Scalers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 19.39 $ 25.72 $ 53,500
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 110 1.59 68.66 $ 23.29 $ 48,440
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 9.56 $ 22.34 $ 46,470
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 24.73 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 16.07 $ 21.04 $ 43,760


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022