Forester Salary

Men make up the majority of Foresters in the United States, bringing in about $48K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Foresters can bottom out at $34K or peak near $75K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Foresters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,979 - $74,250

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$13.09 - $25.72

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,979 - $74,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,821  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$34,198 - $74,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $25.72  
   
Overtime
$19.77 - $42.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,821  
   
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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$34,198 - $74,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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 command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Forester

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


For many Foresters, more experience generally translates to higher pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $45K. Foresters see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $65K.

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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Forester Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 26%

National Average
$47,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 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: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 18%
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