Forester Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Foresters in the United States. People in this role can an average of earn $45,767 per year nationwide. Compensation starts at $32,268 and can reach $74,459 per year. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Forester Salary (?
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$33,398 - $73,832
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74K
MEDIAN: $46,617
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Forester Salary (?
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$12.65 - $24.90
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,398 - $73,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,759  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,946  
Commission
$3,750 - $10,000  
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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$32,268 - $74,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.65 - $24.90  
   
Overtime
$19.14 - $48.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,759  
   
Commission
$3,750 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,946  
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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$32,268 - $74,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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Job Description for Forester

  • 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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 30 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Forester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Foresters generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Pay increases slowly at first for Foresters, with starting salaries of $39K reaching $42K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $51K. After 20 years of work in the field, Foresters typically earn $66K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. The majority of Foresters have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with more than 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with 10 to 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

Portland
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Eugene
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National Average
$46,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Foresters, Portland offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Foresters will also find cushy salaries in Eugene (+14 percent).

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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%
Experienced
up arrow 12%
National Average
$46,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Forester Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 30%
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%