Forest Ranger Salary

A Forest Ranger earns an average salary of $39,997 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$23,458 - $59,235
$23K
$36K
$59K
MEDIAN: $36,000
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Salary $23,458 - $59,235
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$23,806 - $58,428
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 16

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Job Description for Forest Ranger

Forest rangers are responsible for helping preserve forests and protecting them from natural or manmade harm. They perform a wide variety of duties within the forest and in an administrative capacity. For example, they help create and maintain trails, make decisions on whether trails are safe to use, and prevent and respond to forest fires. Additionally, forest rangers help maintain fire-fighting equipment and may provide guidance and leadership for volunteer fire-fighting crews. They also perform activities to educate the public such as giving speeches and demonstrations to community and youth group on a wide variety of forest- and preservation-related topics.

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Forest Ranger Tasks

  • Oversee land use within park and perform law enforcement duties.
  • Fight wildfires.
  • Perform search, rescue, and emergency incident management.
  • Handle compliance inspections including land and resource use permits, and care of forest land.
  • Educate the public on the use of public lands and resources including visits to schools, fire fighters, and volunteer groups.

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Key Stats for Forest Ranger

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Forest Ranger Salaries

Experienced
▲55%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 13%
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