Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

19-1032 Foresters

Manage 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 the best time for harvesting. Develop forest management plans for public and privately-owned forested lands.

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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)
9,840 2.1 % $23.44 $48,760 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.54 $17.64 $22.75 $27.98 $33.89
Annual Wage (2) $30,250 $36,690 $47,320 $58,210 $70,490

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
State government (OES designation) 2,950 $21.54 $44,800 1 10
Federal government (OES designation) 2,570 $27.73 $57,670 2 2
Local government (OES designation) 1,070 $21.76 $45,270 3 9
Sawmills and wood preservation 950 $22.55 $46,910 4 7
Logging 450 $21.51 $44,730 5 11

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Power generation and supply 130 $29.63 $61,640 12 1
Federal government (OES designation) 2,570 $27.73 $57,670 2 2
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 180 $26.02 $54,120 7 3
Management of companies and enterprises 170 $24.68 $51,330 8 4
Plywood and engineered wood product mfg. 150 $24.28 $50,500 10 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Montana 390 $24.80 $51,580 0.099% 77
Alaska 140 $28.58 $59,440 0.048% 84
Oregon 720 $26.43 $54,970 0.047% 102
Idaho 260 $22.05 $45,860 0.046% 119
West Virginia 220 $19.03 $39,570 0.032% 191

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 140 $28.58 $59,440 0.048% 84
California 730 $27.71 $57,640 0.005% 196
Pennsylvania 300 $27.68 $57,560 0.005% 124
Oregon 720 $26.43 $54,970 0.047% 102
Illinois 110 $25.91 $53,890 0.002% 143

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Missoula, MT MSA 80 $29.98 $62,370 0.153%
Medford-Ashland, OR MSA 90 $25.02 $52,040 0.124%
Olympia, WA PMSA 70 $25.51 $53,060 0.083%
Salem, OR PMSA 90 $25.54 $53,120 0.067%
Redding, CA MSA 40 $29.11 $60,550 0.063%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 70 $37.78 $78,580 0.003%
Denver, CO PMSA 30 $32.60 $67,800 0.003%
Atlanta, GA MSA 40 $31.62 $65,770 0.002%
Missoula, MT MSA 80 $29.98 $62,370 0.153%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 150 $29.82 $62,030 0.016%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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