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Forester Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Foresters earn an average of $48K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Foresters generally range from $34K to $75K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Foresters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,171 - $74,768
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,217
10%
50%
90%

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$13.09 - $25.29
(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
$35,171 - $74,768  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,894  
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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$34,288 - $75,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $25.29  
   
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 - $9,894  
   
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).
)
$34,288 - $75,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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Typical 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Foresters. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Foresters make a median salary of $53K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $66K.

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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

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 26%

National Average
$47,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 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
24%

Common Health Benefits

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