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Forester Salary

A sizeable majority of Foresters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $48K annually. Overall cash earnings for Foresters vary widely between $34K and $75K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Experience level 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 a majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,377 - $74,872
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $47,526
10%
50%
90%

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$12.82 - $25.10
(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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,377 - $74,872  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,674  
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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$33,505 - $74,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $25.10  
   
Overtime
$19.63 - $40.54  
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 - $9,674  
   
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).
)
$33,505 - $74,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60

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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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Foresters report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 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. 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. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $67K.

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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Forester Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 28%

National Average
$47,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%