Salary for Foresters

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Also known as:  Environmental Protection Forester, Forest Ecologist, Forestry Scientist, Land Management Forester, Operations Forester, Resource Forester, Service Forester, Timber Management Specialist, Urban Forester helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Individuals employed as foresters evaluate the quality, quantity and type of trees on a parcel of land for logging purposes. They may participate in conservation efforts, and study wildlife habits, creek and stream flow patterns, water quality, and soil quality. These professionals make sure that forest thinning, harvesting, and land use are in compliance with government regulations. They may actively work to manage or prevent forest fires by removing underbrush, dead or diseased trees, and thinning tree stands as necessary. All foresters have Bachelor's degrees.

A Forester gets an average compensation that can range from $42,500 and $93,060 based on the level of experience. usually get a salary of sixty-six thousand dollars every year.

have the highest average potential salary in District of Columbia, where they can get average pay scales of approximately $95,500. People in this career are compensated at the highest average salary in Real Estate and Rental and Leasing, where they earn salary pay of $84,450.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 40.78 percent nationwide in that time.


Foresters tend to make the most in the following industries:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Wholesale Trade
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Public Administration
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services