Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
6,870 4.6 % $14.25 $29,640 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.08 $9.32 $13.06 $17.61 $22.30
Annual Wage (2) $16,800 $19,380 $27,160 $36,630 $46,390


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) 3,030 0.14 $12.64 $26,280
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,880 0.04 $16.30 $33,900
Logging 410 0.81 $15.87 $33,020
Social Advocacy Organizations 340 0.17 $12.66 $26,340
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 160 0.11 $13.01 $27,050

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 410 0.81 $15.87 $33,020
Social Advocacy Organizations 340 0.17 $12.66 $26,340
State Government (OES Designation) 3,030 0.14 $12.64 $26,280
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 160 0.11 $13.01 $27,050
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 90 0.10 $16.85 $35,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 110 0.01 $17.52 $36,440
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 90 0.10 $16.85 $35,040
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,880 0.04 $16.30 $33,900
Employment Services (8) (8) $16.26 $33,820
Logging 410 0.81 $15.87 $33,020


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 1,710 0.11 2.23 $10.23 $21,280
Washington 570 0.20 3.87 $12.69 $26,390
South Dakota 450 1.11 21.82 $12.98 $27,000
South Carolina 310 0.17 3.30 $15.05 $31,310
North Dakota 260 0.59 11.69 $14.84 $30,870



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 450 1.11 21.82 $12.98 $27,000
North Dakota 260 0.59 11.69 $14.84 $30,870
Washington 570 0.20 3.87 $12.69 $26,390
South Carolina 310 0.17 3.30 $15.05 $31,310
Montana 70 0.17 3.30 $12.41 $25,810



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 170 0.03 0.59 $21.79 $45,330
Wisconsin 140 0.05 1.00 $20.18 $41,980
Missouri 200 0.08 1.49 $20.16 $41,930
Virginia 50 0.01 0.29 $19.66 $40,900
Oklahoma 100 0.06 1.25 $19.07 $39,680




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 160 0.12 2.34 $9.33 $19,410
Redding, CA 130 2.27 44.67 $8.84 $18,390
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 0.63 $19.28 $40,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 0.58 $9.19 $19,110
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.13 2.56 $21.72 $45,190
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 100 0.08 1.64 $11.10 $23,100
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 1.26 $11.86 $24,680
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 90 1.91 37.60 $11.36 $23,620
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 1.39 $8.76 $18,210
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.46 9.03 $16.22 $33,740



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 130 2.27 44.67 $8.84 $18,390
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 90 1.91 37.60 $11.36 $23,620
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.46 9.03 $16.22 $33,740
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.25 4.93 $16.76 $34,870
Eugene-Springfield, OR 30 0.25 4.84 $13.24 $27,550
Salinas, CA 40 0.22 4.35 $10.42 $21,680
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.13 2.56 $21.72 $45,190
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 160 0.12 2.34 $9.33 $19,410
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 100 0.08 1.64 $11.10 $23,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 1.39 $8.76 $18,210



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 30 0.03 0.58 $28.26 $58,790
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.13 2.56 $21.72 $45,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 120 0.03 0.63 $19.28 $40,100
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.01 0.12 $19.13 $39,780
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.25 4.93 $16.76 $34,870
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.46 9.03 $16.22 $33,740
Eugene-Springfield, OR 30 0.25 4.84 $13.24 $27,550
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $12.46 $25,910
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 1.26 $11.86 $24,680
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 90 1.91 37.60 $11.36 $23,620

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 240 1.92 37.77 $12.59 $26,180
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 140 2.23 43.95 $15.64 $32,540
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.62 51.52 $12.24 $25,460
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.37 27.01 $16.09 $33,470
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.98 38.98 $12.26 $25,500

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)
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.62 51.52 $12.24 $25,460
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 140 2.23 43.95 $15.64 $32,540
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.98 38.98 $12.26 $25,500
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.92 37.77 $12.59 $26,180
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.37 27.01 $16.09 $33,470

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)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 3.65 $21.63 $44,980
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 6.06 $20.13 $41,860
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.89 $39,290
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 3.13 $16.90 $35,140
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.37 27.01 $16.09 $33,470


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