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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-1032 Foresters

Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timberís worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.


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)
9,510 4.3 % $30.42 $63,270 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.70 $23.70 $29.71 $35.77 $43.31
Annual Wage (2) $38,890 $49,300 $61,790 $74,400 $90,080


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) 3,270 0.15 $27.61 $57,420
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $31.83 $66,210
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,080 0.02 $30.47 $63,370
Logging 1,040 2.15 $31.24 $64,990
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 670 0.05 $32.63 $67,870

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 1,040 2.15 $31.24 $64,990
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 650 0.71 $33.16 $68,970
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,270 0.15 $27.61 $57,420
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 100 0.12 $32.13 $66,830
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 420 0.11 $38.02 $79,090

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 420 0.11 $38.02 $79,090
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 650 0.71 $33.16 $68,970
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 670 0.05 $32.63 $67,870
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 100 0.12 $32.13 $66,830
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $31.83 $66,210


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 730 0.04 0.65 $38.72 $80,540
Oregon 600 0.32 4.88 $33.88 $70,470
Wisconsin 500 0.18 2.70 $27.78 $57,780
Washington 500 0.15 2.31 $32.41 $67,410
Missouri 420 0.15 2.28 $17.83 $37,090




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)
Montana 200 0.43 6.71 $27.48 $57,150
Idaho 280 0.39 5.98 $27.71 $57,630
Oregon 600 0.32 4.88 $33.88 $70,470
Maine 190 0.31 4.79 (8) (8)
Vermont 80 0.26 3.94 $30.52 $63,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 30 0.05 0.72 $44.68 $92,930
California 730 0.04 0.65 $38.72 $80,540
New Jersey 30 0.01 0.12 $37.83 $78,680
New Hampshire 100 0.16 2.40 $36.07 $75,020
Alaska 70 0.23 3.49 $35.53 $73,890





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)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 150 0.07 1.15 $31.80 $66,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 120 0.06 0.97 $30.71 $63,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.47 $37.68 $78,370
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 90 0.78 12.10 $29.02 $60,360
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.51 7.83 $29.59 $61,550
Salem, OR 80 0.47 7.25 $35.23 $73,280
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 80 0.01 0.13 $32.32 $67,230
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.06 0.98 $34.55 $71,870
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 70 0.02 0.24 $36.33 $75,560
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 1.05 $44.66 $92,890




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)
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 90 0.78 12.10 $29.02 $60,360
Missoula, MT 40 0.69 10.66 $26.90 $55,950
Athens-Clarke County, GA 60 0.65 10.04 $26.18 $54,450
Coeur d'Alene, ID 30 0.53 8.12 $27.08 $56,330
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.51 7.83 $29.59 $61,550
Salem, OR 80 0.47 7.25 $35.23 $73,280
Florence, SC 40 0.46 7.18 $25.52 $53,080
Eugene, OR 60 0.36 5.61 $33.20 $69,060
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 40 0.18 2.79 $30.58 $63,610
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 60 0.18 2.78 $34.37 $71,500




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $45.08 $93,760
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 1.05 $44.66 $92,890
Redding, CA (8) (8) (8) $43.10 $89,650
Bangor, ME (8) (8) (8) $41.18 $85,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 60 0.01 0.15 $40.40 $84,020
Longview, WA (8) (8) (8) $37.81 $78,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.47 $37.68 $78,370
Birmingham-Hoover, AL (8) (8) (8) $37.13 $77,220
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 70 0.02 0.24 $36.33 $75,560
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.08 1.24 $36.18 $75,240

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)
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 190 2.68 41.34 $27.45 $57,090
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.72 11.18 $28.41 $59,090
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 120 1.03 15.91 $31.28 $65,070
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.90 13.86 $30.84 $64,150
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 0.55 8.49 $20.30 $42,230

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)
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 190 2.68 41.34 $27.45 $57,090
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 1.83 28.24 $27.33 $56,850
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.57 24.22 $30.63 $63,700
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.11 17.09 $27.96 $58,160
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 1.11 17.13 $26.44 $54,990

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 7.97 $39.98 $83,170
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.64 9.90 $35.99 $74,860
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 9.27 $35.57 $73,980
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 5.78 $35.12 $73,050
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 4.59 $34.99 $72,770


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020