Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

45-4021 Fallers

Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.


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)
5,150 8.9 % $19.64 $40,860 4.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.18 $13.18 $16.95 $23.55 $32.83
Annual Wage (2) $23,250 $27,420 $35,250 $48,980 $68,280


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)
Logging 4,270 8.73 $19.55 $40,660
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 330 0.39 $15.66 $32,580
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 60 0.01 $16.77 $34,880

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 4,270 8.73 $19.55 $40,660
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 330 0.39 $15.66 $32,580
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 60 0.01 $16.77 $34,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Logging 4,270 8.73 $19.55 $40,660
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 60 0.01 $16.77 $34,880
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 330 0.39 $15.66 $32,580


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)
Washington 600 0.22 5.46 $30.96 $64,390
North Carolina 370 0.09 2.40 $15.24 $31,700
Virginia 350 0.10 2.49 $14.94 $31,080
South Carolina 340 0.19 4.74 $18.45 $38,380
Arkansas 310 0.27 6.81 $16.53 $34,380




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)
Alaska 110 0.36 9.00 (8) (8)
Arkansas 310 0.27 6.81 $16.53 $34,380
Mississippi 240 0.23 5.72 $16.23 $33,760
Washington 600 0.22 5.46 $30.96 $64,390
Montana 90 0.20 4.97 $19.57 $40,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 230 0.02 0.40 $34.68 $72,130
Washington 600 0.22 5.46 $30.96 $64,390
Oregon 290 0.18 4.60 $23.93 $49,770
Idaho 100 0.17 4.27 $21.06 $43,800
Wisconsin 90 0.03 0.84 $20.93 $43,530





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)
Richmond, VA 130 0.22 5.48 $14.97 $31,130
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 40 0.12 3.12 $13.41 $27,890
Pine Bluff, AR 30 0.95 23.93 $15.34 $31,920




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)
Pine Bluff, AR 30 0.95 23.93 $15.34 $31,920
Richmond, VA 130 0.22 5.48 $14.97 $31,130
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 40 0.12 3.12 $13.41 $27,890




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)
Longview, WA (8) (8) (8) $30.07 $62,550
Redding, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.40 $46,600
Utica-Rome, NY (8) (8) (8) $16.70 $34,730
Pine Bluff, AR 30 0.95 23.93 $15.34 $31,920
Richmond, VA 130 0.22 5.48 $14.97 $31,130
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC (8) (8) (8) $13.50 $28,090
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 40 0.12 3.12 $13.41 $27,890

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 220 1.74 44.10 $17.49 $36,370
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.79 19.94 $21.32 $44,340
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.50 12.70 $17.58 $36,570
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 13.43 $10.58 $22,010
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 16.19 $19.78 $41,140

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)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 220 1.74 44.10 $17.49 $36,370
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 1.16 29.26 $16.05 $33,390
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 0.98 24.89 $25.37 $52,770
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.90 22.72 (8) (8)
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.83 21.06 $19.67 $40,910

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 50 0.53 13.33 $26.52 $55,150
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.73 18.42 $26.28 $54,650
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 0.98 24.89 $25.37 $52,770
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.49 12.50 $23.76 $49,410
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.62 $47,060


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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