Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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.

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)
10,230 3.5 % $26.55 $55,220 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.94 $20.82 $25.89 $31.63 $36.21
Annual Wage (2) $35,250 $43,310 $53,840 $65,800 $75,310


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State Government (OES Designation) 3,770 $24.31 $50,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,690 $29.91 $62,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,560 $25.29 $52,590
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 830 $26.98 $56,120
Logging 410 $27.43 $57,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Natural Gas Distribution 40 $39.07 $81,270
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 $30.57 $63,580
Specialized Freight Trucking (8) $30.47 $63,390
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 50 $29.95 $62,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,690 $29.91 $62,200


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Montana 230 $25.33 $52,690 0.528
Oregon 710 $28.74 $59,790 0.434
Alaska 100 $30.81 $64,080 0.309
Idaho 190 $29.00 $60,320 0.307
Washington 770 $25.89 $53,860 0.277

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 1,010 $32.32 $67,220 0.069
New Jersey 40 $31.98 $66,510 0.009
Alaska 100 $30.81 $64,080 0.309
Connecticut 30 $29.84 $62,060 0.020
Illinois 110 $29.64 $61,650 0.020


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Longview, WA 90 $24.83 $51,650 2.533
Olympia, WA 120 $25.75 $53,550 1.296
Missoula, MT 50 $24.87 $51,730 0.945
Duluth, MN-WI 110 $26.51 $55,150 0.872
Redding, CA 40 $33.59 $69,870 0.678

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 $38.08 $79,200 0.034
Redding, CA 40 $33.59 $69,870 0.678
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 100 $33.26 $69,190 0.120
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 30 $32.55 $67,710 0.038
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 70 $31.09 $64,660 0.020


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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