Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

45-4011 Forest and Conservation Workers

Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect forest, forested areas, and woodlands through such activities as raising and transporting tree seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to trees; and building erosion and water control structures and leaching of forest soil. Include forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
8,980 3.4 % $11.32 $23,560 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.01 $7.74 $9.59 $13.86 $18.76
Annual Wage (2) $14,570 $16,090 $19,940 $28,840 $39,030

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State government (OES designation) 5,110 $9.88 $20,560
Local government (OES designation) 2,030 $14.34 $29,820
Logging 220 $13.73 $28,550
Employment services 110 $8.54 $17,760
Sawmills and wood preservation 90 $16.38 $34,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Sawmills and wood preservation 90 $16.38 $34,080
Management and technical consulting services 50 $15.66 $32,570
Social advocacy organizations 60 $15.27 $31,770
Local government (OES designation) 2,030 $14.34 $29,820
Logging 220 $13.73 $28,550

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
South Dakota 240 $9.98 $20,770 0.065%
New Jersey 1,270 $8.36 $17,380 0.033%
Delaware 110 $14.29 $29,720 0.027%
Louisiana 400 $14.30 $29,750 0.021%
Maryland 440 $9.55 $19,870 0.018%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Massachusetts 160 $18.75 $39,000 0.005%
Colorado 40 $17.24 $35,860 0.002%
Texas 100 $15.09 $31,390 0.001%
Florida 260 $14.62 $30,410 0.003%
Michigan 190 $14.42 $29,990 0.004%

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
Redding, CA MSA 70 $12.03 $25,020 0.108%
Newark, NJ PMSA 440 $8.37 $17,410 0.045%
Salinas, CA MSA 50 $11.62 $24,170 0.032%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 180 $10.11 $21,020 0.023%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 520 $8.88 $18,470 0.022%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 80 $19.87 $41,330 0.004%
Chicago, IL PMSA 140 $14.05 $29,210 0.004%
Redding, CA MSA 70 $12.03 $25,020 0.108%
Salinas, CA MSA 50 $11.62 $24,170 0.032%
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN PMSA 60 $10.76 $22,390 0.007%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

All Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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