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Forester Salary (United States)

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Foresters earn an average of $46K annually. Cash earnings for Foresters — including $10K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $33K to $75K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Foresters is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Forester Salary (?
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$33,840 - $75,004
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MEDIAN: $46,289
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Forester Salary (?
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$12.05 - $25.33
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,840 - $75,004  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,771  
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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$32,590 - $75,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $25.33  
   
Overtime
$19.14 - $48.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,771  
   
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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$32,590 - $75,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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Job skills reported by Foresters are limited. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Forester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. During the first five years of their careers, Foresters see a median income of $39K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $43K. For Foresters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $67K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Portland
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Eugene
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National Average
$46,000
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Portland is home to an above-average pay rate for Foresters, 19 percent higher than the national average. Foresters will also find cushy salaries in Eugene (+13 percent).

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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%
Experienced
up arrow 12%
National Average
$46,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Forester Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 29%
National Average
$46,000
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%