Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
5,840 3.3 % $14.14 $29,410 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.95 $10.18 $12.30 $17.27 $22.37
Annual Wage (2) $18,610 $21,170 $25,580 $35,920 $46,520


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) 3,120 $13.63 $28,340
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,690 $14.47 $30,100
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 180 $14.02 $29,170
Social Advocacy Organizations 180 $16.11 $33,510
Logging 70 $13.79 $28,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 $16.12 $33,520
Social Advocacy Organizations 180 $16.11 $33,510
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,690 $14.47 $30,100
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 60 $14.34 $29,820
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 180 $14.02 $29,170


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
South Dakota 320 $12.61 $26,240 0.805
North Dakota 130 $11.59 $24,110 0.373
New Mexico 190 $14.10 $29,330 0.238
Louisiana 400 $16.62 $34,560 0.212
Hawaii 120 $16.48 $34,290 0.196

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 50 $26.63 $55,390 0.016
Pennsylvania 100 $20.33 $42,280 0.018
Illinois 220 $18.29 $38,030 0.038
Missouri (8) $18.03 $37,490 (8)
New York 90 $17.61 $36,630 0.011


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
Rapid City, SD 70 $13.91 $28,930 1.102
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 240 $11.82 $24,580 0.280
Salem, OR 40 $13.00 $27,050 0.273
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 190 $13.81 $28,730 0.147
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 30 $11.26 $23,410 0.096

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 170 $18.43 $38,330 0.047
Honolulu, HI (8) $16.96 $35,280 (8)
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH (8) $14.37 $29,890 (8)
Rapid City, SD 70 $13.91 $28,930 1.102
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 190 $13.81 $28,730 0.147


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

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

Recommend this page using: