Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
7,910 4.3 % $13.75 $28,600 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.03 $9.31 $11.70 $16.85 $22.07
Annual Wage (2) $16,690 $19,360 $24,340 $35,040 $45,900


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) 3,890 0.18 $12.46 $25,920
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,010 0.04 $15.45 $32,140
Logging 380 0.77 $16.42 $34,150
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 330 0.02 $12.49 $25,990
Social Advocacy Organizations 280 0.14 $12.54 $26,090

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 380 0.77 $16.42 $34,150
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 180 0.22 $14.03 $29,180
State Government (OES Designation) 3,890 0.18 $12.46 $25,920
Social Advocacy Organizations 280 0.14 $12.54 $26,090
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 90 0.06 $15.25 $31,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Logging 380 0.77 $16.42 $34,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,010 0.04 $15.45 $32,140
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 90 0.06 $15.25 $31,710
Support Activities for Crop Production (8) (8) $14.31 $29,770
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 180 0.22 $14.03 $29,180


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 2,530 0.18 2.91 $10.66 $22,170
Georgia 500 0.13 2.17 $12.65 $26,310
South Dakota 470 1.17 19.29 $13.01 $27,060
Washington 440 0.16 2.64 $12.03 $25,010
Louisiana 320 0.17 2.84 $17.01 $35,390




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 470 1.17 19.29 $13.01 $27,060
Delaware 190 0.47 7.75 $13.62 $28,340
North Dakota 130 0.33 5.38 $12.42 $25,830
California 2,530 0.18 2.91 $10.66 $22,170
Louisiana 320 0.17 2.84 $17.01 $35,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 120 0.02 0.36 $22.44 $46,670
Wisconsin 170 0.06 1.02 $19.31 $40,170
Missouri 220 0.08 1.38 $19.07 $39,660
Massachusetts 70 0.02 0.37 $18.77 $39,040
Alabama (8) (8) (8) $18.22 $37,890





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)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 230 0.18 3.00 $9.99 $20,770
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.70 $16.52 $34,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 120 0.05 0.87 $12.86 $26,760
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.10 1.64 $11.21 $23,310
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 1.01 $10.91 $22,690
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.08 1.26 $9.24 $19,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 1.03 $20.72 $43,090
Tulsa, OK 50 0.13 2.06 $18.37 $38,220
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 0.60 $18.48 $38,450
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.66 $15.10 $31,410




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)
Monroe, LA 30 0.43 7.12 $13.11 $27,280
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 230 0.18 3.00 $9.99 $20,770
Tulsa, OK 50 0.13 2.06 $18.37 $38,220
Syracuse, NY 30 0.10 1.71 $17.87 $37,170
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.10 1.64 $11.21 $23,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.08 1.26 $9.24 $19,210
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 1.01 $10.91 $22,690
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 1.03 $20.72 $43,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 120 0.05 0.87 $12.86 $26,760
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 0.60 $18.48 $38,450




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 1.03 $20.72 $43,090
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 0.60 $18.48 $38,450
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.65 $18.47 $38,420
Tulsa, OK 50 0.13 2.06 $18.37 $38,220
Syracuse, NY 30 0.10 1.71 $17.87 $37,170
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $17.79 $37,000
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.70 $16.52 $34,350
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.66 $15.10 $31,410
Monroe, LA 30 0.43 7.12 $13.11 $27,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 120 0.05 0.87 $12.86 $26,760

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 350 3.77 62.04 $11.37 $23,650
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 260 2.07 34.14 $12.47 $25,930
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.42 6.92 $16.10 $33,490
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.86 30.67 $11.72 $24,380
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.83 30.07 $12.94 $26,910

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 350 3.77 62.04 $11.37 $23,650
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 260 2.07 34.14 $12.47 $25,930
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.86 30.67 $11.72 $24,380
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.83 30.07 $12.94 $26,910
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 9.07 $13.01 $27,070

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 50 0.22 3.67 $17.23 $35,830
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.42 6.92 $16.10 $33,490
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.28 $31,780
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 6.94 $14.77 $30,710
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 3.55 $14.73 $30,630


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013