|Quick Facts: Logging Workers
$46,580 per year
$22.40 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent
|Moderate-term on-the-job training
Logging workers harvest forests to provide the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.
Logging is physically demanding and can be dangerous. Workers spend all their time outdoors, sometimes in poor weather and often in isolated areas.
Most logging workers have a high school diploma. They get on-the-job training to become familiar with forest environments and to learn how to operate logging machinery.
The median annual wage for logging workers was $46,580 in May 2022.
Overall employment of logging workers is projected to decline 5 percent from 2022 to 2032.
Despite declining employment, about 7,100 openings for logging workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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