Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
9,140 3.9 % $28.88 $60,070 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.11 $22.42 $27.87 $34.38 $41.23
Annual Wage (2) $37,680 $46,630 $57,980 $71,520 $85,750


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) 3,100 0.14 $25.63 $53,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,300 0.07 $30.55 $63,540
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,260 0.02 $26.88 $55,920
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,030 0.08 $35.03 $72,860
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 660 0.74 $28.86 $60,040

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 660 0.74 $28.86 $60,040
Logging 330 0.64 $32.37 $67,330
State Government (OES Designation) 3,100 0.14 $25.63 $53,300
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 130 0.12 $30.77 $64,000
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,030 0.08 $35.03 $72,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 60 0.08 $36.90 $76,760
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers (8) (8) $36.55 $76,020
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $35.40 $73,640
Social Advocacy Organizations 50 0.02 $35.21 $73,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,030 0.08 $35.03 $72,860


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 1,410 0.09 1.38 $35.03 $72,870
Oregon 560 0.33 4.94 $30.96 $64,400
Minnesota 490 0.18 2.65 $29.03 $60,390
Wisconsin 430 0.16 2.33 $25.54 $53,130
Florida 360 0.05 0.69 $26.62 $55,370



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 180 0.41 6.05 $25.22 $52,450
Idaho 250 0.40 5.92 $25.69 $53,430
Oregon 560 0.33 4.94 $30.96 $64,400
Vermont 90 0.29 4.25 $27.59 $57,400
Wyoming 80 0.28 4.21 $27.54 $57,280



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 130 0.07 0.97 $35.27 $73,370
California 1,410 0.09 1.38 $35.03 $72,870
New Jersey 40 0.01 0.16 $33.53 $69,750
Illinois 110 0.02 0.27 $33.48 $69,650
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.66 $33.36 $69,380




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 Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.50 7.32 $41.36 $86,030
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 120 0.06 0.96 $29.89 $62,170
Duluth, MN-WI 90 0.76 11.18 $28.19 $58,640
Eugene-Springfield, OR 90 0.64 9.44 $32.94 $68,510
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.08 1.12 $31.81 $66,160
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 80 0.57 8.40 $24.72 $51,410
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 0.29 $33.55 $69,790
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 70 0.03 0.44 $24.28 $50,510
Salem, OR 70 0.45 6.66 $29.85 $62,080
Raleigh-Cary, NC 70 0.12 1.77 $29.60 $61,560



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)
Corvallis, OR 50 1.41 20.86 $29.69 $61,750
Coeur d'Alene, ID 50 0.94 13.89 $26.89 $55,930
Missoula, MT 50 0.86 12.74 $23.78 $49,460
Duluth, MN-WI 90 0.76 11.18 $28.19 $58,640
Eugene-Springfield, OR 90 0.64 9.44 $32.94 $68,510
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 80 0.57 8.40 $24.72 $51,410
Redding, CA 30 0.56 8.29 $36.21 $75,310
Olympia, WA 50 0.55 8.14 $26.02 $54,110
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.50 7.32 $41.36 $86,030
Salem, OR 70 0.45 6.66 $29.85 $62,080



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 540 0.50 7.32 $41.36 $86,030
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.58 $80,250
Redding, CA 30 0.56 8.29 $36.21 $75,310
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.09 1.36 $33.84 $70,390
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 0.29 $33.55 $69,790
Eugene-Springfield, OR 90 0.64 9.44 $32.94 $68,510
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.74 $68,100
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 80 0.08 1.12 $31.81 $66,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.21 $64,920
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 40 0.12 1.71 $30.78 $64,010

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 Idaho nonmetropolitan area 120 2.73 40.33 $24.45 $50,860
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.87 12.88 $31.17 $64,820
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.79 11.74 $27.31 $56,810
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 100 0.97 14.27 $33.52 $69,720
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 1.37 20.29 $25.22 $52,460

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 Idaho nonmetropolitan area 120 2.73 40.33 $24.45 $50,860
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 1.74 25.68 $28.10 $58,460
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 1.39 20.52 $30.89 $64,250
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 1.37 20.29 $25.22 $52,460
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 100 0.97 14.27 $33.52 $69,720

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)
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.83 $78,690
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 8.33 $36.32 $75,540
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 100 0.97 14.27 $33.52 $69,720
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.94 13.89 $32.39 $67,370
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 11.63 $32.02 $66,600


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015