Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
6,940 5.6 % $13.88 $28,860 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.05 $9.14 $12.39 $17.03 $21.81
Annual Wage (2) $16,740 $19,000 $25,770 $35,420 $45,360


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) 2,950 0.13 $12.67 $26,360
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,000 0.04 $15.38 $32,000
Logging 440 0.89 $15.50 $32,230
Social Advocacy Organizations 310 0.16 $12.21 $25,390
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 200 0.01 $14.22 $29,570

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 440 0.89 $15.50 $32,230
Social Advocacy Organizations 310 0.16 $12.21 $25,390
State Government (OES Designation) 2,950 0.13 $12.67 $26,360
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 160 0.12 $12.93 $26,890
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 70 0.09 $16.80 $34,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 70 0.09 $16.80 $34,950
Employment Services (8) (8) $15.86 $32,990
Logging 440 0.89 $15.50 $32,230
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,000 0.04 $15.38 $32,000
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 60 (7) $14.55 $30,270


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 1,700 0.12 2.21 $10.00 $20,800
Washington 560 0.20 3.78 $12.58 $26,160
South Dakota 430 1.06 20.30 $12.89 $26,810
Georgia 390 0.10 1.90 $13.55 $28,180
Louisiana 280 0.15 2.86 $15.54 $32,320




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 430 1.06 20.30 $12.89 $26,810
North Dakota 160 0.37 7.07 $12.09 $25,140
Montana 130 0.28 5.44 $11.49 $23,900
Washington 560 0.20 3.78 $12.58 $26,160
Louisiana 280 0.15 2.86 $15.54 $32,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 160 0.03 0.56 $20.75 $43,170
Wisconsin 160 0.06 1.15 $20.19 $41,990
Missouri 210 0.08 1.54 $19.32 $40,180
Massachusetts 80 0.02 0.45 $19.18 $39,890
New York 80 0.01 0.17 $18.28 $38,020





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 170 0.13 2.57 $9.10 $18,930
Redding, CA 140 2.51 47.96 $8.79 $18,290
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.10 1.86 $10.79 $22,450
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.14 2.70 $21.35 $44,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 110 0.03 0.58 $18.17 $37,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 1.16 $10.80 $22,470
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 1.42 $9.27 $19,280
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 70 1.59 30.49 $11.34 $23,580
Tulsa, OK 50 0.13 2.39 $17.83 $37,080
Baton Rouge, LA 50 0.13 2.46 $17.34 $36,070




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)
Redding, CA 140 2.51 47.96 $8.79 $18,290
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 70 1.59 30.49 $11.34 $23,580
Missoula, MT 40 0.72 13.75 $10.75 $22,360
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.14 2.70 $21.35 $44,400
Tulsa, OK 50 0.13 2.39 $17.83 $37,080
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 170 0.13 2.57 $9.10 $18,930
Baton Rouge, LA 50 0.13 2.46 $17.34 $36,070
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.10 1.86 $10.79 $22,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 1.42 $9.27 $19,280
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 1.16 $10.80 $22,470




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 40 0.03 0.65 $26.91 $55,960
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 120 0.14 2.70 $21.35 $44,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 110 0.03 0.58 $18.17 $37,790
Tulsa, OK 50 0.13 2.39 $17.83 $37,080
Baton Rouge, LA 50 0.13 2.46 $17.34 $36,070
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.61 $15.76 $32,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA (8) (8) (8) $13.20 $27,460
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 70 1.59 30.49 $11.34 $23,580
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 1.16 $10.80 $22,470
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.10 1.86 $10.79 $22,450

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)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 250 1.96 37.52 $12.47 $25,930
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 150 2.43 46.51 $16.04 $33,370
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 2.00 38.19 $11.87 $24,700
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.92 36.76 $12.57 $26,140
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 7.09 $9.66 $20,090

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)
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 150 2.43 46.51 $16.04 $33,370
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 2.00 38.19 $11.87 $24,700
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 250 1.96 37.52 $12.47 $25,930
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.92 36.76 $12.57 $26,140
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 7.09 $9.66 $20,090

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 0.19 3.66 $16.82 $34,990
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 150 2.43 46.51 $16.04 $33,370
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.21 $29,550
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.10 $27,260
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.92 36.76 $12.57 $26,140


About May 2013 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014