Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
9,000 2.1 % $26.99 $56,130 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.41 $21.38 $26.53 $32.18 $36.31
Annual Wage (2) $36,210 $44,460 $55,190 $66,920 $75,520


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 3,310 0.15 $24.49 $50,940
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,550 0.08 $29.77 $61,930
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,360 0.02 $27.06 $56,280
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 630 0.76 $28.01 $58,270
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 440 0.02 $26.39 $54,900

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 400 0.83 $28.22 $58,690
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 630 0.76 $28.01 $58,270
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 130 0.20 $29.94 $62,270
State Government (OES Designation) 3,310 0.15 $24.49 $50,940
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 130 0.12 $28.49 $59,270

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 220 0.06 $32.43 $67,440
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 90 0.03 $31.29 $65,080
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 130 0.20 $29.94 $62,270
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,550 0.08 $29.77 $61,930
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 40 0.02 $29.39 $61,130


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 670 0.05 0.68 $32.41 $67,400
Minnesota 620 0.24 3.38 $28.15 $58,550
Washington 500 0.18 2.60 $27.67 $57,550
Oregon 490 0.31 4.44 $29.35 $61,040
Pennsylvania 490 0.09 1.26 $26.31 $54,720




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 210 0.50 7.06 $24.64 $51,250
Idaho 270 0.46 6.52 $25.88 $53,830
Oregon 490 0.31 4.44 $29.35 $61,040
Wyoming 80 0.29 4.15 $27.43 $57,060
Mississippi 300 0.28 4.00 $21.19 $44,080




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 0.12 $35.82 $74,500
Illinois 190 0.03 0.48 $32.55 $67,700
California 670 0.05 0.68 $32.41 $67,400
Louisiana 90 0.05 0.67 $31.09 $64,660
Michigan 220 0.06 0.83 $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)
Duluth, MN-WI 160 1.32 18.86 $27.48 $57,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 120 0.07 1.04 $31.75 $66,050
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 120 0.15 2.20 $29.43 $61,200
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.41 $31.74 $66,030
Olympia, WA 100 1.04 14.82 $28.06 $58,370
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 100 0.77 10.99 $22.40 $46,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 90 0.05 0.76 $22.27 $46,330
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.93 $27.33 $56,850
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.09 1.25 $30.82 $64,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 60 0.03 0.39 $35.80 $74,450




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 160 1.32 18.86 $27.48 $57,150
Olympia, WA 100 1.04 14.82 $28.06 $58,370
Longview, WA 40 1.04 14.77 $28.52 $59,320
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 0.92 13.05 $26.23 $54,550
Missoula, MT 50 0.84 11.92 $23.11 $48,070
Coeur d'Alene, ID 40 0.78 11.14 $27.04 $56,240
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 100 0.77 10.99 $22.40 $46,600
Redding, CA 30 0.58 8.30 $33.28 $69,220
Flagstaff, AZ 30 0.58 8.23 $24.92 $51,830
Terre Haute, IN 30 0.47 6.66 $22.96 $47,760




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 0.39 $35.80 $74,450
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $35.08 $72,960
Redding, CA 30 0.58 8.30 $33.28 $69,220
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 120 0.07 1.04 $31.75 $66,050
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.41 $31.74 $66,030
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.09 1.25 $30.82 $64,100
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.11 1.64 $30.16 $62,730
Charlottesville, VA 30 0.35 4.96 $29.87 $62,130
Salem, OR 60 0.43 6.06 $29.77 $61,920
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 120 0.15 2.20 $29.43 $61,200

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 1.51 21.52 $33.34 $69,340
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 2.73 38.92 $26.30 $54,710
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 140 3.11 44.38 $24.95 $51,910
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 0.54 7.65 $20.08 $41,770
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.62 8.89 $25.86 $53,790

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 140 3.11 44.38 $24.95 $51,910
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 2.73 38.92 $26.30 $54,710
Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 1.86 26.46 $25.55 $53,150
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.67 23.81 $28.85 $60,000
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 1.56 22.30 $26.54 $55,200

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 1.51 21.52 $33.34 $69,340
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.79 11.27 $31.34 $65,200
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 70 0.77 10.91 $30.96 $64,390
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 7.39 $30.82 $64,110
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 5.88 $30.73 $63,920


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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