Salary for Foresters

Also known as:  Environmental Protection Forester, Forest Ecologist, Forestry Scientist, Land Management Forester, Operations Forester, Resource Forester, Service Forester, Timber Management Specialist, Urban Forester

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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 can get a pay level between 40000 and 60000 depending on education and experience. Foresters can earn an average wage of Fifty Nine Thousand Two Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Foresters can make the highest salaries in California, where they receive average wages of about $67220. This group of people can get the best compensation in Transportation and Warehousing, where they earn an average salary rate of $68200.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.00 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Foresters tend to make the most in the following industries
Utilities $68,200
Transportation and Warehousing $66,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises $64,650
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $59,380
Other Services (except Public Administration) $58,830
Wholesale Trade $58,580
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $52,170
Public Administration $54,500
Educational Services $54,770
Construction $57,240
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $57,550
Manufacturing $58,060
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