Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
8,410 2.2 % $30.36 $63,150 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.88 $24.23 $29.53 $35.36 $41.77
Annual Wage (2) $41,350 $50,400 $61,410 $73,550 $86,870


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) 2,900 0.13 $28.70 $59,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,260 0.06 $31.75 $66,040
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,110 0.02 $30.57 $63,580
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 670 0.73 $32.03 $66,610
Logging 660 1.36 $32.00 $66,570

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 660 1.36 $32.00 $66,570
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 670 0.73 $32.03 $66,610
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,900 0.13 $28.70 $59,690
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 90 0.11 $31.98 $66,520
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 100 0.10 $30.16 $62,720

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 360 0.09 $36.29 $75,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises 200 0.01 $32.30 $67,180
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 670 0.73 $32.03 $66,610
Logging 660 1.36 $32.00 $66,570
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 90 0.11 $31.98 $66,520


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)
Oregon 580 0.31 5.30 $33.97 $70,660
Washington 510 0.16 2.71 $33.52 $69,720
Wisconsin 460 0.16 2.77 $26.83 $55,810
California 430 0.03 0.44 $38.48 $80,030
Minnesota 390 0.14 2.37 $30.93 $64,330




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 7.42 $27.86 $57,960
Idaho 270 0.38 6.51 $27.49 $57,180
Oregon 580 0.31 5.30 $33.97 $70,660
South Dakota 110 0.27 4.65 $26.37 $54,850
Vermont 80 0.25 4.38 $31.33 $65,170




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 0.83 $41.73 $86,790
California 430 0.03 0.44 $38.48 $80,030
Massachusetts 100 0.03 0.46 $36.93 $76,810
New Jersey 30 0.01 0.14 $36.91 $76,760
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.62 $34.62 $72,010





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 140 0.07 1.21 $30.94 $64,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.56 $35.27 $73,350
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 100 0.05 0.85 $38.40 $79,880
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 90 0.84 14.47 $29.24 $60,820
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.51 8.81 $29.01 $60,350
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 80 0.01 0.15 $31.92 $66,400
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 70 0.02 0.27 $34.35 $71,460
Madison, WI 70 0.19 3.22 $25.66 $53,370
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 70 0.06 1.04 $33.65 $69,990
Eugene, OR 70 0.45 7.77 $34.47 $71,690




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 0.84 14.47 $29.24 $60,820
Missoula, MT 50 0.78 13.40 $27.27 $56,730
Athens-Clarke County, GA 60 0.68 11.64 $26.02 $54,120
Fort Collins, CO 80 0.51 8.81 $29.01 $60,350
Rapid City, SD 30 0.48 8.18 $25.03 $52,070
Eugene, OR 70 0.45 7.77 $34.47 $71,690
Salem, OR 60 0.37 6.41 $33.06 $68,760
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 50 0.20 3.39 $29.49 $61,340
Madison, WI 70 0.19 3.22 $25.66 $53,370
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 60 0.18 3.13 $33.66 $70,020




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 60 0.06 1.04 $43.54 $90,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 40 0.01 0.12 $41.58 $86,480
Redding, CA (8) (8) (8) $40.89 $85,050
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 100 0.05 0.85 $38.40 $79,880
Medford, OR (8) (8) (8) $37.65 $78,310
Longview, WA (8) (8) (8) $37.32 $77,620
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 40 0.07 1.26 $37.31 $77,590
Albany, OR (8) (8) (8) $37.25 $77,480
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 40 0.17 2.92 $35.49 $73,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.56 $35.27 $73,350

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 160 2.40 41.35 $26.63 $55,380
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.70 12.02 $26.87 $55,890
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.96 16.60 $28.72 $59,730
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.01 17.34 $32.82 $68,270
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 0.85 14.56 $30.34 $63,100

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 160 2.40 41.35 $26.63 $55,380
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.08 35.73 $30.43 $63,300
Northwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 1.58 27.16 $26.61 $55,340
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 1.22 21.05 $32.29 $67,150
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.03 17.78 $28.50 $59,270

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 0.53 9.21 $38.29 $79,640
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 9.86 $34.00 $70,730
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 6.81 $33.99 $70,700
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 6.66 $33.89 $70,490
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 7.40 $33.56 $69,800


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