Forester Salary

A sizeable majority of Foresters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $48K annually. Overall incomes of Foresters generally bottom out at around $34K and peak near $75K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Foresters report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,023 - $74,524
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,067
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50%
90%

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$13.09 - $25.72
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,023 - $74,524  
   
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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$34,233 - $75,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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 - $9,904  
   
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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$34,233 - $75,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Survey takers who work as Foresters report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management can expect a significant pay bump, 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Foresters. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $40K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $45K. On average, Foresters make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $66K.

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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
24%
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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