Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-1032 Foresters

Manage public and private 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 optimal harvesting schedules.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
9,470 2.7 % $26.82 $55,790 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.15 $21.01 $26.22 $31.97 $36.32
Annual Wage (2) $35,670 $43,700 $54,540 $66,510 $75,540


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 3,440 0.15 $24.35 $50,650
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,640 0.08 $29.90 $62,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,430 0.03 $26.41 $54,920
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 710 0.86 $27.74 $57,700
Logging 460 0.94 $27.70 $57,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Logging 460 0.94 $27.70 $57,610
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 710 0.86 $27.74 $57,700
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 130 0.20 $27.87 $57,970
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 180 0.17 $29.04 $60,410
State Government (OES Designation) 3,440 0.15 $24.35 $50,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 210 0.05 $32.12 $66,810
Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 0.01 $31.08 $64,650
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,640 0.08 $29.90 $62,200
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 180 0.17 $29.04 $60,410
Social Advocacy Organizations 40 0.02 $28.06 $58,360


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 920 0.07 0.89 $31.51 $65,530
Oregon 570 0.36 4.83 $29.40 $61,140
Washington 570 0.21 2.82 $27.43 $57,050
Minnesota 520 0.20 2.72 $27.03 $56,220
Pennsylvania 420 0.08 1.03 $26.36 $54,830




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 220 0.51 6.80 $24.94 $51,870
Idaho 270 0.45 6.07 $25.35 $52,730
Oregon 570 0.36 4.83 $29.40 $61,140
Wyoming 80 0.31 4.11 $27.11 $56,380
Mississippi 310 0.29 3.85 $21.25 $44,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 30 0.01 0.11 $32.64 $67,890
Illinois 180 0.03 0.43 $32.50 $67,590
California 920 0.07 0.89 $31.51 $65,530
Louisiana 70 0.04 0.55 $30.63 $63,720
New Mexico 50 0.06 0.86 $30.35 $63,120

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 150 0.18 2.46 $29.22 $60,780
Duluth, MN-WI 150 1.21 16.27 $27.10 $56,380
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 110 0.12 1.54 $32.55 $67,700
Columbia, SC 100 0.30 3.99 $24.13 $50,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 0.97 $27.17 $56,520
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 90 0.03 0.36 $31.28 $65,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 90 0.06 0.75 $31.18 $64,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 90 0.05 0.73 $22.83 $47,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.38 $37.16 $77,290
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 50 0.19 2.50 $27.99 $58,210




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Duluth, MN-WI 150 1.21 16.27 $27.10 $56,380
Longview, WA 40 1.16 15.59 $26.66 $55,450
Missoula, MT 50 0.88 11.76 $23.39 $48,650
Coeur d'Alene, ID 30 0.65 8.78 $23.51 $48,910
Redding, CA 40 0.59 7.92 $33.16 $68,960
Medford, OR 30 0.46 6.11 $28.14 $58,520
Columbia, SC 100 0.30 3.99 $24.13 $50,190
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 50 0.19 2.50 $27.99 $58,210
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 150 0.18 2.46 $29.22 $60,780
Chattanooga, TN-GA 40 0.16 2.20 $16.59 $34,500




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.38 $37.16 $77,290
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $33.34 $69,350
Redding, CA 40 0.59 7.92 $33.16 $68,960
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 110 0.12 1.54 $32.55 $67,700
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 90 0.03 0.36 $31.28 $65,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 90 0.06 0.75 $31.18 $64,860
Eugene-Springfield, OR (8) (8) (8) $31.14 $64,770
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 30 0.04 0.51 $30.47 $63,370
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 150 0.18 2.46 $29.22 $60,780
Denver-Aurora, CO 30 0.03 0.36 $28.74 $59,780

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 140 1.53 20.48 $33.29 $69,240
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 2.78 37.32 $25.81 $53,690
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.06 14.28 $26.41 $54,940
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.88 38.58 $24.64 $51,260
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.65 8.76 $24.89 $51,760

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.88 38.58 $24.64 $51,260
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 2.78 37.32 $25.81 $53,690
Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 1.91 25.58 $26.62 $55,380
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.76 23.58 $28.45 $59,170
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 1.62 21.78 $26.19 $54,470

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 140 1.53 20.48 $33.29 $69,240
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.83 11.11 $31.63 $65,790
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 7.15 $30.22 $62,860
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 4.23 $29.80 $61,980
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 5.01 $29.51 $61,390


About May 2010 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 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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: May 17, 2011

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