Forester Salary

Male Foresters number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $48K annually in the United States. 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. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Foresters claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,206 - $73,774
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $47,547
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50%
90%

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$13.13 - $26.76
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,206 - $73,774  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,658  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $9,863  
Commission
$7,500  
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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$33,820 - $74,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.13 - $26.76  
   
Overtime
$19.43 - $40.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,658  
   
Commission
$7,500  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $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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$33,820 - $74,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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. Project Management and Operations Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Forester

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Foresters. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $40K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $45K. Foresters bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $65K.

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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Forester Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 19%

Operations Management
up arrow 10%

National Average
$47,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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