Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
8,420 3.4 % $28.99 $60,300 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.80 $22.81 $28.22 $34.18 $39.62
Annual Wage (2) $39,100 $47,440 $58,700 $71,100 $82,400


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 (OES Designation) 2,940 0.13 $26.63 $55,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,310 0.02 $27.68 $57,580
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,280 0.06 $30.97 $64,420
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 610 0.66 $29.78 $61,940
Logging 480 0.93 $33.57 $69,830

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 480 0.93 $33.57 $69,830
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 610 0.66 $29.78 $61,940
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 200 0.20 $32.98 $68,610
State Government (OES Designation) 2,940 0.13 $26.63 $55,380
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 70 0.10 $34.69 $72,150

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 250 0.07 $35.62 $74,080
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 70 0.10 $34.69 $72,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 180 0.01 $33.71 $70,120
Logging 480 0.93 $33.57 $69,830
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 200 0.20 $32.98 $68,610


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 690 0.04 0.72 $33.67 $70,040
Washington 520 0.17 2.81 $33.14 $68,940
Oregon 460 0.25 4.25 $31.80 $66,130
Wisconsin 430 0.15 2.54 $25.96 $54,000
Idaho 330 0.50 8.36 $26.30 $54,710




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)
Idaho 330 0.50 8.36 $26.30 $54,710
Montana 190 0.41 6.90 $26.85 $55,840
South Dakota 120 0.28 4.72 $24.17 $50,280
Vermont 80 0.25 4.18 $28.26 $58,770
Oregon 460 0.25 4.25 $31.80 $66,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana (8) (8) (8) $38.87 $80,850
Alaska 60 0.19 3.14 $34.64 $72,050
California 690 0.04 0.72 $33.67 $70,040
Washington 520 0.17 2.81 $33.14 $68,940
Illinois 120 0.02 0.33 $31.94 $66,440





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 1.11 $30.82 $64,100
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.55 9.24 $26.33 $54,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.76 $33.78 $70,250
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.01 0.18 $29.20 $60,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 0.47 $33.73 $70,160
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 0.31 $32.70 $68,010
Salem, OR 70 0.42 7.06 $31.90 $66,350
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 70 0.64 10.70 $27.95 $58,140
Madison, WI 60 0.17 2.80 $25.05 $52,100
Eugene, OR 60 0.41 6.76 $33.93 $70,560




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 40 1.22 20.39 $35.34 $73,510
Coeur d'Alene, ID 50 0.89 14.85 $27.62 $57,460
Missoula, MT 40 0.77 12.80 $26.29 $54,680
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 70 0.64 10.70 $27.95 $58,140
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.55 9.24 $26.33 $54,770
Medford, OR 40 0.45 7.53 $30.74 $63,940
Salem, OR 70 0.42 7.06 $31.90 $66,350
Eugene, OR 60 0.41 6.76 $33.93 $70,560
Duluth, MN-WI 40 0.35 5.83 $27.08 $56,330
Fargo, ND-MN 30 0.24 3.94 $23.78 $49,460




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 50 0.06 0.93 $41.37 $86,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.15 $40.82 $84,900
Albany, OR (8) (8) (8) $37.73 $78,480
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.08 1.33 $37.53 $78,060
Longview, WA 40 1.22 20.39 $35.34 $73,510
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $34.13 $70,980
Eugene, OR 60 0.41 6.76 $33.93 $70,560
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.76 $33.78 $70,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 0.47 $33.73 $70,160

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 140 3.14 52.34 $25.88 $53,820
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.57 9.58 $24.85 $51,690
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 1.01 16.85 $29.01 $60,330
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 1.74 29.02 $26.32 $54,750
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.33 22.24 $32.53 $67,670

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 140 3.14 52.34 $25.88 $53,820
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 1.74 29.02 $26.32 $54,750
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 1.44 24.00 $29.56 $61,480
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.39 23.18 $26.41 $54,940
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.33 22.24 $32.53 $67,670

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)
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $40.32 $83,860
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.43 $75,770
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.64 10.74 $35.28 $73,390
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.33 22.24 $32.53 $67,670
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.85 14.22 $32.46 $67,510


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: September 22, 2017