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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
7,510 5.5 % $15.06 $31,320 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.55 $10.66 $13.20 $17.89 $23.18
Annual Wage (2) $21,940 $22,170 $27,460 $37,200 $48,220


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,410 0.16 $13.77 $28,630
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,580 0.03 $16.97 $35,310
Social Advocacy Organizations 800 0.37 $15.88 $33,020
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 170 0.10 $17.37 $36,120
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $16.86 $35,060

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 800 0.37 $15.88 $33,020
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,410 0.16 $13.77 $28,630
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 100 0.11 $16.83 $35,020
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 170 0.10 $17.37 $36,120
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,580 0.03 $16.97 $35,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $19.34 $40,220
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 170 0.10 $17.37 $36,120
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,580 0.03 $16.97 $35,310
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $16.86 $35,060
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 100 0.11 $16.83 $35,020


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 2,140 0.13 2.43 $11.89 $24,720
South Dakota 580 1.37 26.32 $13.79 $28,690
Washington 380 0.12 2.26 $13.50 $28,070
Tennessee 300 0.10 1.96 $12.29 $25,570
Missouri 260 0.09 1.82 $21.26 $44,220




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 580 1.37 26.32 $13.79 $28,690
Hawaii 130 0.21 3.98 $19.14 $39,810
Montana 80 0.18 3.43 $14.46 $30,080
California 2,140 0.13 2.43 $11.89 $24,720
West Virginia 80 0.12 2.31 $12.42 $25,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 130 0.02 0.41 $24.99 $51,970
District of Columbia 40 0.06 1.08 $24.42 $50,800
Massachusetts 80 0.02 0.41 $22.45 $46,700
Missouri 260 0.09 1.82 $21.26 $44,220
Wisconsin 230 0.08 1.55 $20.17 $41,960





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)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 160 0.19 3.62 $20.57 $42,790
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 160 0.03 0.65 $19.71 $40,990
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 150 0.02 0.31 $17.42 $36,240
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 130 0.06 1.22 $13.89 $28,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.62 $20.25 $42,130
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 90 0.07 1.33 $17.12 $35,600
Sioux Falls, SD 80 0.50 9.73 $14.44 $30,030
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 80 0.07 1.44 $10.54 $21,930
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 50 0.02 0.35 $23.01 $47,870
Columbia, SC 40 0.10 1.89 $10.95 $22,770




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)
Sioux Falls, SD 80 0.50 9.73 $14.44 $30,030
Eugene, OR 40 0.23 4.48 $18.66 $38,820
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 160 0.19 3.62 $20.57 $42,790
Columbia, SC 40 0.10 1.89 $10.95 $22,770
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 80 0.07 1.44 $10.54 $21,930
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 90 0.07 1.33 $17.12 $35,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 130 0.06 1.22 $13.89 $28,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.62 $20.25 $42,130
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 160 0.03 0.65 $19.71 $40,990
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 50 0.02 0.35 $23.01 $47,870




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 50 0.02 0.35 $23.01 $47,870
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 160 0.19 3.62 $20.57 $42,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.62 $20.25 $42,130
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 160 0.03 0.65 $19.71 $40,990
Eugene, OR 40 0.23 4.48 $18.66 $38,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $17.80 $37,030
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 150 0.02 0.31 $17.42 $36,240
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 90 0.07 1.33 $17.12 $35,600
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $15.28 $31,780
Sioux Falls, SD 80 0.50 9.73 $14.44 $30,030

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 300 2.32 44.72 $13.36 $27,790
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 270 2.54 49.04 $12.08 $25,120
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.63 12.18 $12.78 $26,590
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.77 14.91 $12.81 $26,650

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 270 2.54 49.04 $12.08 $25,120
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 300 2.32 44.72 $13.36 $27,790
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.77 14.91 $12.81 $26,650
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.63 12.18 $12.78 $26,590

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)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.56 $28,200
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 300 2.32 44.72 $13.36 $27,790
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.77 14.91 $12.81 $26,650
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.63 12.18 $12.78 $26,590
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 270 2.54 49.04 $12.08 $25,120


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019