Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 timber's 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)
8,300 2.0 % $29.67 $61,710 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.46 $23.55 $28.90 $34.73 $40.78
Annual Wage (2) $40,480 $48,980 $60,120 $72,250 $84,830


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) 3,010 0.14 $27.79 $57,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,270 0.06 $31.26 $65,020
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,100 0.02 $29.58 $61,520
Logging 580 1.19 $32.44 $67,470
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 580 0.63 $30.05 $62,500

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 580 1.19 $32.44 $67,470
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 580 0.63 $30.05 $62,500
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 160 0.17 $33.16 $68,980
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,010 0.14 $27.79 $57,790
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 100 0.13 $33.14 $68,930

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 300 0.08 $36.21 $75,310
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 0.01 $33.96 $70,630
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 160 0.17 $33.16 $68,980
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 100 0.13 $33.14 $68,930
Logging 580 1.19 $32.44 $67,470


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)
Washington 630 0.20 3.40 $33.68 $70,050
Wisconsin 460 0.16 2.78 $26.12 $54,330
Oregon 450 0.24 4.18 $32.60 $67,810
California 440 0.03 0.45 $36.52 $75,950
Minnesota 380 0.13 2.30 $30.76 $63,990




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 210 0.45 7.67 $27.22 $56,610
Idaho 300 0.44 7.57 $26.71 $55,560
South Dakota 110 0.25 4.32 $25.16 $52,340
Oregon 450 0.24 4.18 $32.60 $67,810
Maine 140 0.23 4.00 $26.27 $54,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 30 0.01 0.14 $37.25 $77,490
California 440 0.03 0.45 $36.52 $75,950
Louisiana 120 0.06 1.11 $35.83 $74,520
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.66 $35.23 $73,280
Alaska 60 0.20 3.40 $33.70 $70,090



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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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 130 0.07 1.16 $31.20 $64,900
Madison, WI 90 0.24 4.16 $24.90 $51,800
Longview, WA 90 2.38 40.88 $36.49 $75,900
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 80 0.75 12.86 $28.43 $59,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.55 $35.29 $73,410
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.51 8.84 $28.51 $59,300
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.01 0.20 $31.75 $66,030
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.78 $36.70 $76,340
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 1.26 $42.55 $88,510
Salem, OR 70 0.41 7.08 $33.18 $69,020


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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)
Longview, WA 90 2.38 40.88 $36.49 $75,900
Missoula, MT 50 0.81 13.86 $26.20 $54,500
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 80 0.75 12.86 $28.43 $59,130
Athens-Clarke County, GA 60 0.71 12.12 (8) (8)
Coeur d'Alene, ID 30 0.53 9.18 $26.87 $55,890
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.51 8.84 $28.51 $59,300
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.49 8.48 $29.38 $61,120
Salem, OR 70 0.41 7.08 $33.18 $69,020
Eugene, OR 50 0.33 5.69 $33.44 $69,560
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 60 0.26 4.51 $29.66 $61,700


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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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 1.26 $42.55 $88,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.01 0.12 $38.78 $80,650
Albany, OR (8) (8) (8) $38.55 $80,190
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.08 1.34 $38.07 $79,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.78 $36.70 $76,340
Longview, WA 90 2.38 40.88 $36.49 $75,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.55 $35.29 $73,410
Eugene, OR 50 0.33 5.69 $33.44 $69,560
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 0.32 $33.39 $69,440
Salem, OR 70 0.41 7.08 $33.18 $69,020

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)
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.84 48.72 $26.39 $54,880
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.62 10.65 $25.34 $52,710
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 1.07 18.36 $27.69 $57,590
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 2.25 38.63 $29.47 $61,300
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 1.41 24.16 $32.32 $67,220

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)
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.84 48.72 $26.39 $54,880
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 100 2.25 38.63 $29.47 $61,300
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 1.69 28.96 $26.83 $55,810
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.69 29.10 $30.44 $63,320
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 1.41 24.16 $32.32 $67,220

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)
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.37 $75,650
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 11.90 $35.46 $73,750
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 9.76 $33.71 $70,120
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.84 14.44 $32.50 $67,610
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.89 15.22 $32.46 $67,520


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018