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Forester Salary

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.
$33,840 - $75,004
(Median)
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46K
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MEDIAN: $46,289
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$12.05 - $25.33
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$32,590 - $75,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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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.

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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

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

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

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%