Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
7,080 4.8 % $15.06 $31,320 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.93 $10.20 $13.30 $18.20 $23.36
Annual Wage (2) $20,650 $21,220 $27,650 $37,870 $48,600


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) 3,290 0.15 $13.32 $27,710
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,640 0.03 $16.41 $34,140
Social Advocacy Organizations 750 0.35 $16.19 $33,680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 230 0.02 $14.48 $30,120
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 160 0.10 $17.04 $35,440

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 750 0.35 $16.19 $33,680
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,290 0.15 $13.32 $27,710
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 160 0.10 $17.04 $35,440
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 90 0.10 $16.60 $34,520
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,640 0.03 $16.41 $34,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $19.99 $41,580
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 160 0.10 $17.04 $35,440
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 90 0.10 $16.60 $34,520
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,640 0.03 $16.41 $34,140
Social Advocacy Organizations 750 0.35 $16.19 $33,680


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 1,780 0.11 2.14 $12.20 $25,380
South Dakota 610 1.45 29.28 $13.33 $27,730
Washington 460 0.15 2.94 $12.77 $26,550
Tennessee 320 0.11 2.20 $12.38 $25,740
Wisconsin 230 0.08 1.61 $20.11 $41,830




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 610 1.45 29.28 $13.33 $27,730
Washington 460 0.15 2.94 $12.77 $26,550
Montana 60 0.14 2.81 $14.92 $31,040
North Dakota 50 0.13 2.54 $16.31 $33,910
Tennessee 320 0.11 2.20 $12.38 $25,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $32.92 $68,480
Pennsylvania 160 0.03 0.55 $24.23 $50,400
District of Columbia 50 0.07 1.46 $21.67 $45,070
Massachusetts 100 0.03 0.56 $21.45 $44,610
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $20.25 $42,120



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.04 0.85 $12.82 $26,660
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 170 0.21 4.17 $20.49 $42,610
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.02 0.44 $15.52 $32,280
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 120 0.09 1.73 $11.15 $23,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 1.21 $12.73 $26,480
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 100 0.07 1.43 $16.90 $35,160
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.43 $18.07 $37,580
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 1.18 $19.59 $40,740
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 60 0.06 1.20 $10.46 $21,770
Sioux Falls, SD 60 0.40 7.98 $16.96 $35,270


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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)
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 0.92 18.57 $12.24 $25,460
Sioux Falls, SD 60 0.40 7.98 $16.96 $35,270
Yakima, WA 40 0.39 7.96 $14.64 $30,450
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 170 0.21 4.17 $20.49 $42,610
Columbia, SC 50 0.14 2.76 $10.25 $21,320
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.11 2.16 $19.85 $41,290
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 120 0.09 1.73 $11.15 $23,190
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 1.42 $16.53 $34,380
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 100 0.07 1.43 $16.90 $35,160
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 1.21 $12.73 $26,480


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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)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 170 0.21 4.17 $20.49 $42,610
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.11 2.16 $19.85 $41,290
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $19.67 $40,920
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 1.18 $19.59 $40,740
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.43 $18.07 $37,580
Sioux Falls, SD 60 0.40 7.98 $16.96 $35,270
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 100 0.07 1.43 $16.90 $35,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $16.75 $34,840
Salt Lake City, UT 50 0.07 1.42 $16.53 $34,380
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $16.48 $34,270

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 340 2.62 52.71 $12.56 $26,120
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 230 2.19 44.11 $11.98 $24,920
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 2.93 59.11 $13.00 $27,030
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.23 24.85 $12.64 $26,290
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 17.11 $12.86 $26,760

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)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 2.93 59.11 $13.00 $27,030
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 340 2.62 52.71 $12.56 $26,120
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 230 2.19 44.11 $11.98 $24,920
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.23 24.85 $12.64 $26,290
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 1.11 22.28 $15.10 $31,420

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 3.54 $15.49 $32,210
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 1.11 22.28 $15.10 $31,420
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 2.93 59.11 $13.00 $27,030
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 17.11 $12.86 $26,760
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.23 24.85 $12.64 $26,290


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