Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
7,170 3.9 % $15.00 $31,200 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.18 $9.81 $12.95 $18.60 $23.63
Annual Wage (2) $19,100 $20,400 $26,940 $38,700 $49,150


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) 3,600 0.16 $13.07 $27,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,760 0.03 $16.51 $34,340
Social Advocacy Organizations 600 0.29 $16.59 $34,510
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 230 0.02 $14.23 $29,600
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 110 0.07 $18.48 $38,440

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 600 0.29 $16.59 $34,510
Logging 100 0.20 $18.02 $37,490
State Government (OES Designation) 3,600 0.16 $13.07 $27,190
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 80 0.08 $17.63 $36,680
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 110 0.07 $18.48 $38,440

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 (8) (8) $21.58 $44,890
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 110 0.07 $18.48 $38,440
Logging 100 0.20 $18.02 $37,490
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 80 0.08 $17.63 $36,680
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $16.71 $34,760


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 2,130 0.13 2.61 $11.50 $23,930
South Dakota 610 1.46 28.58 $12.48 $25,950
Tennessee 340 0.12 2.28 $11.81 $24,570
Washington 270 0.09 1.72 $14.66 $30,500
Massachusetts 260 0.08 1.48 $16.44 $34,200




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 1.46 28.58 $12.48 $25,950
North Dakota 150 0.35 6.87 $16.55 $34,430
California 2,130 0.13 2.61 $11.50 $23,930
Tennessee 340 0.12 2.28 $11.81 $24,570
Louisiana 210 0.11 2.15 $16.85 $35,060




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) $25.51 $53,060
Pennsylvania 170 0.03 0.58 $23.80 $49,510
District of Columbia 40 0.05 1.06 $22.73 $47,280
Alabama 50 0.02 0.49 $22.39 $46,580
Wisconsin 170 0.06 1.20 $21.60 $44,940





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 210 0.05 0.97 $11.87 $24,690
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 130 0.10 1.90 $10.18 $21,170
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 130 0.09 1.82 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 1.31 $17.45 $36,300
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 100 0.08 1.52 $16.55 $34,430
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.42 $18.88 $39,270
Sioux Falls, SD 70 0.45 8.72 $16.01 $33,310
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.70 $16.72 $34,770
Knoxville, TN 60 0.15 2.92 $11.27 $23,450
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.16 $18.61 $38,700




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 30 0.68 13.31 $13.34 $27,740
Rapid City, SD 30 0.47 9.23 $16.14 $33,570
Sioux Falls, SD 70 0.45 8.72 $16.01 $33,310
Trenton, NJ 30 0.15 2.85 $19.73 $41,040
Knoxville, TN 60 0.15 2.92 $11.27 $23,450
Worcester, MA-CT 40 0.14 2.66 $15.34 $31,910
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 130 0.10 1.90 $10.18 $21,170
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 130 0.09 1.82 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 100 0.08 1.52 $16.55 $34,430
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 1.31 $17.45 $36,300




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)
Trenton, NJ 30 0.15 2.85 $19.73 $41,040
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.53 $19.56 $40,680
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.42 $18.88 $39,270
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.16 $18.61 $38,700
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 120 0.07 1.31 $17.45 $36,300
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $17.34 $36,070
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.06 1.19 $17.30 $35,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.19 $35,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.70 $16.72 $34,770
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 100 0.08 1.52 $16.55 $34,430

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 320 2.44 47.85 $11.37 $23,650
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 290 3.01 58.94 $11.54 $24,000
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 3.11 60.83 $12.52 $26,040
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.80 35.24 $15.12 $31,450
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.62 31.63 $16.06 $33,400

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 190 3.11 60.83 $12.52 $26,040
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 290 3.01 58.94 $11.54 $24,000
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 2.44 47.85 $11.37 $23,650
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.80 35.24 $15.12 $31,450
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.62 31.63 $16.06 $33,400

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 Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 9.11 $33.82 $70,350
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 4.57 $23.01 $47,860
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.25 4.91 $16.65 $34,620
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 1.62 31.63 $16.06 $33,400
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.80 35.24 $15.12 $31,450


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