Forester Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Foresters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $48K annually nationwide. The range in cash compensation to Foresters ($34K to $75K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Foresters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,066 - $74,406
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,052
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50%
90%

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$13.18 - $25.63
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,066 - $74,406  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,904  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $9,787  
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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$34,292 - $74,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $25.63  
   
Overtime
$19.84 - $42.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,904  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $9,787  
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).
)
$34,292 - $74,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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

  • May locate timber, negotiate timber purchase contracts, and mark property lines.
  • May direct and manage forestry through inspection, natural resource inventories, or harvesting recommendations.
  • 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.

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Foresters typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Forester

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


Foresters with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $40K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $45K. Foresters see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Foresters who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $64K.

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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Forester Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 25%

National Average
$47,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 18%
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