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Forester Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Foresters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $48K annually nationwide. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $34K and hits $75K on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Foresters. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,992 - $74,810
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,229
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50%
90%

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$12.67 - $25.24
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,992 - $74,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,884  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $9,863  
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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$34,018 - $75,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $25.24  
   
Overtime
$19.57 - $40.82  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,884  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $9,863  
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).
)
$34,018 - $75,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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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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Professional skills reported by Foresters are few in number. 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.


Foresters generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $40K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $45K. Foresters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $66K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

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 87 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
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 18%
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