Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

45-4011 Forest and Conservation Workers

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


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)
8,250 3.1 % $13.07 $27,180 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.07 $9.04 $11.20 $15.73 $21.47
Annual Wage (2) $16,780 $18,810 $23,300 $32,710 $44,660


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) 4,670 0.21 $11.51 $23,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,030 0.04 $14.53 $30,220
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 320 0.02 $12.01 $24,980
Logging 250 0.51 $15.99 $33,260
Social Advocacy Organizations 230 0.12 $15.32 $31,870

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 250 0.51 $15.99 $33,260
State Government (OES Designation) 4,670 0.21 $11.51 $23,950
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 180 0.21 $14.90 $30,990
Social Advocacy Organizations 230 0.12 $15.32 $31,870
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 90 0.07 $16.45 $34,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 90 0.07 $16.45 $34,210
Logging 250 0.51 $15.99 $33,260
Social Advocacy Organizations 230 0.12 $15.32 $31,870
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 180 0.21 $14.90 $30,990
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,030 0.04 $14.53 $30,220


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 2,690 0.19 2.98 $10.47 $21,780
Maryland 650 0.26 4.10 $9.69 $20,160
South Dakota 390 1.00 15.61 $12.61 $26,240
Washington 390 0.14 2.22 $11.60 $24,120
Louisiana 350 0.19 2.94 $16.77 $34,880




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)
South Dakota 390 1.00 15.61 $12.61 $26,240
North Dakota 120 0.33 5.09 $13.26 $27,590
New Mexico 220 0.28 4.42 $13.11 $27,270
Maryland 650 0.26 4.10 $9.69 $20,160
Louisiana 350 0.19 2.94 $16.77 $34,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 80 0.01 0.23 $22.50 $46,790
Alabama (8) (8) (8) $21.20 $44,100
Colorado 40 0.02 0.25 $20.06 $41,720
Massachusetts 70 0.02 0.33 $18.91 $39,320
Missouri 230 0.09 1.40 $18.64 $38,780





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)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 650 0.52 8.04 $9.65 $20,060
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 260 0.21 3.26 $10.36 $21,540
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.66 $12.68 $26,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.61 $10.14 $21,080
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 120 0.05 0.83 $12.54 $26,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 1.01 $10.47 $21,770
Olympia, WA 60 0.66 10.32 $11.22 $23,340
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.95 $13.57 $28,230
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.52 $17.43 $36,260
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.53 $17.15 $35,670




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)
Olympia, WA 60 0.66 10.32 $11.22 $23,340
Baltimore-Towson, MD 650 0.52 8.04 $9.65 $20,060
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 260 0.21 3.26 $10.36 $21,540
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.12 1.90 $11.60 $24,120
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 1.01 $10.47 $21,770
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.95 $13.57 $28,230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 120 0.05 0.83 $12.54 $26,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.61 $10.14 $21,080
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.66 $12.68 $26,360
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.52 $17.43 $36,260




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)
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.53 $18.32 $38,100
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.00 $37,440
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.52 $17.43 $36,260
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.53 $17.15 $35,670
Spokane, WA (8) (8) (8) $14.27 $29,680
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.95 $13.57 $28,230
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 150 0.04 0.66 $12.68 $26,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 120 0.05 0.83 $12.54 $26,090
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.12 1.90 $11.60 $24,120
Olympia, WA 60 0.66 10.32 $11.22 $23,340

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 470 4.98 77.41 $10.64 $22,140
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.18 18.38 $11.01 $22,900
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.22 18.97 $11.35 $23,600
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 1.59 24.67 $10.30 $21,430
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 8.93 $16.58 $34,490

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 Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 470 4.98 77.41 $10.64 $22,140
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.87 29.05 $11.68 $24,290
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 1.59 24.67 $10.30 $21,430
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.39 21.67 $12.02 $25,010
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.22 18.97 $11.35 $23,600

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 3.32 $16.66 $34,650
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 8.93 $16.58 $34,490
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 0.69 10.79 $14.52 $30,190
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 3.92 $13.25 $27,550
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.04 $27,130


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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