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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-4071 Forest and Conservation Technicians

Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts under the direction of foresters, or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation and fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats. Excludes “Conservation Scientists” (19-1031) and “Foresters” (19-1032).


National estimates for Forest and Conservation Technicians
Industry profile for Forest and Conservation Technicians
Geographic profile for Forest and Conservation Technicians

National estimates for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,440 1.6 % $ 20.87 $ 43,420 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.26 $ 15.51 $ 18.89 $ 24.80 $ 29.69
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,670 $ 32,260 $ 39,290 $ 51,580 $ 61,750


Industry profile for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Forest and Conservation Technicians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Forest and Conservation Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 20,660 0.98 $ 20.48 $ 42,590
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,640 0.21 $ 20.86 $ 43,400
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,720 0.05 $ 22.18 $ 46,130
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 730 0.05 $ 19.20 $ 39,930
Social Advocacy Organizations 370 0.17 $ 26.97 $ 56,100

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 20,660 0.98 $ 20.48 $ 42,590
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 4,640 0.21 $ 20.86 $ 43,400
Social Advocacy Organizations 370 0.17 $ 26.97 $ 56,100
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 50 0.06 $ 24.28 $ 50,510
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 730 0.05 $ 19.20 $ 39,930

Top paying industries for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 (7) $ 34.24 $ 71,230
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 120 0.03 $ 32.46 $ 67,530
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $ 29.38 $ 61,100
Social Advocacy Organizations 370 0.17 $ 26.97 $ 56,100
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 50 0.06 $ 24.28 $ 50,510


Geographic profile for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Forest and Conservation Technicians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Forest and Conservation Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of forest and conservation technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,190 0.37 1.73 $ 21.29 $ 44,280
Oregon 2,540 1.39 6.45 $ 21.02 $ 43,710
Montana 2,050 4.37 20.22 $ 19.15 $ 39,830
Idaho 2,030 2.68 12.42 $ 19.53 $ 40,620
Arizona 1,330 0.46 2.13 $ 19.78 $ 41,140


Map of location quotient of forest and conservation technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 2,050 4.37 20.22 $ 19.15 $ 39,830
Idaho 2,030 2.68 12.42 $ 19.53 $ 40,620
Wyoming 620 2.40 11.10 $ 19.05 $ 39,620
Alaska 450 1.52 7.06 $ 24.00 $ 49,920
Oregon 2,540 1.39 6.45 $ 21.02 $ 43,710


Map of annual mean wages of forest and conservation technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 100 0.03 0.14 $ 26.36 $ 54,840
New York 160 0.02 0.09 $ 26.25 $ 54,590
Maryland 40 0.02 0.08 $ 25.49 $ 53,020
Illinois (8) (8) (8) $ 24.73 $ 51,440
Alaska 450 1.52 7.06 $ 24.00 $ 49,920



Map of employment of forest and conservation technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 600 0.11 0.49 $ 22.35 $ 46,490
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 560 0.37 1.70 $ 22.92 $ 47,670
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 540 0.54 2.52 $ 21.61 $ 44,960
Boise City, ID 370 1.10 5.07 $ 20.42 $ 42,470
Missoula, MT 350 5.79 26.78 $ 20.17 $ 41,940
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 330 0.08 0.37 $ 24.40 $ 50,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 330 0.24 1.11 $ 22.21 $ 46,190
Redding, CA 300 4.55 21.04 $ 21.05 $ 43,790
Bend-Redmond, OR 250 3.03 14.03 $ 21.08 $ 43,840
Bakersfield, CA 240 0.77 3.56 $ 22.23 $ 46,230


Map of location quotient of forest and conservation technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missoula, MT 350 5.79 26.78 $ 20.17 $ 41,940
Redding, CA 300 4.55 21.04 $ 21.05 $ 43,790
Bend-Redmond, OR 250 3.03 14.03 $ 21.08 $ 43,840
Grants Pass, OR 60 2.24 10.35 $ 21.58 $ 44,890
Corvallis, OR 80 2.18 10.09 $ 29.93 $ 62,260
Rapid City, SD 130 1.88 8.69 $ 20.39 $ 42,420
Chico, CA 130 1.79 8.26 $ 22.46 $ 46,710
St. George, UT 120 1.56 7.23 $ 15.91 $ 33,080
Duluth, MN-WI 180 1.49 6.89 $ 22.93 $ 47,690
Medford, OR 120 1.43 6.61 $ 21.35 $ 44,420


Map of annual mean wages of forest and conservation technicians by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 40 0.02 0.07 $ 32.87 $ 68,370
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 30 0.01 0.05 $ 32.00 $ 66,570
Corvallis, OR 80 2.18 10.09 $ 29.93 $ 62,260
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.12 0.55 $ 28.37 $ 59,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 170 0.09 0.42 $ 27.12 $ 56,410
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 180 0.23 1.06 $ 26.57 $ 55,260
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 220 0.20 0.91 $ 25.04 $ 52,070
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 30 0.09 0.42 $ 24.75 $ 51,480
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 330 0.08 0.37 $ 24.40 $ 50,760
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 23.82 $ 49,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 1,280 13.10 60.66 $ 20.30 $ 42,230
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 860 12.37 57.24 $ 19.65 $ 40,860
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 790 10.32 47.76 $ 18.54 $ 38,570
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 690 9.87 45.68 $ 19.86 $ 41,300
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 600 9.81 45.42 $ 19.80 $ 41,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 1,280 13.10 60.66 $ 20.30 $ 42,230
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 860 12.37 57.24 $ 19.65 $ 40,860
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 790 10.32 47.76 $ 18.54 $ 38,570
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 690 9.87 45.68 $ 19.86 $ 41,300
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 600 9.81 45.42 $ 19.80 $ 41,180

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 1.10 $ 27.68 $ 57,560
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.87 $ 25.38 $ 52,800
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 1.17 $ 25.13 $ 52,270
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.36 $ 24.98 $ 51,960
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 2.06 $ 24.00 $ 49,910


About May 2021 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022