Average Foresters in the United States make around $51K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Foresters report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (87 percent) of Foresters who answered the questionnaire are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,111 - $75,454
$36K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,061
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$13.90 - $33.88
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MEDIAN: $19.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,111 - $75,454  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,975  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,108 - $78,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $33.88  
   
Overtime
$19.39 - $50.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,975  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,108 - $78,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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Job Description for Forester

Foresters are responsible for maintaining, studying, and gathering data on natural habitats. This is not strictly limited to forests, and may also include lakes, mountains, and grasslands. As there is a wide range of habitats in the United States, the specific nature of their work can vary greatly. Their duties can include regulation enforcement, collection of data, overseeing fire safety programs, and repairing trail damage.

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Forester Tasks

  • Manage resources and land for government, industrial, or consulting purposes including caring for forests, procuring timber, or harvest research.
  • Plan cutting programs, removal techniques, and fire prevention.
  • May locate timber, negotiate timber purchase contracts, and mark property lines.
  • May direct and manage forestry through inspection, natural resource inventories, or harvesting recommendations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Forester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Foresters. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $52K. Foresters bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $69K on average.

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Key Stats for Forester

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Forester Salaries

People Management
up arrow 32%

Timber Cruising
up arrow 22%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%


Operations Management
0%

National Average
$50,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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