Forester Salary (United States)

Male Foresters number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $45,767 per year in the United States. The range in pay spans from $32,268 to $74,459 per year. Overall cash income ranges from $33,398 near the bottom to $73,832) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $9,759 from bonuses and $7,946 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Forester Salary (?
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$33,398 - $73,832
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MEDIAN: $46,617
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Forester Salary (?
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$12.65 - $24.90
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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Pay by Experience Level for Forester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Foresters. Salary growth can be slow for Foresters who are just starting out. During their first decade on the job, pay typically only increases from $39K to $42K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $51K. Even after two decades, Foresters continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $66K. Foresters with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

Portland
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Eugene
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National Average
$46,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Foresters, busy Portland offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 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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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%
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