Median pay for Foresters in the United States is around $50K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Foresters (88 percent) who took the survey are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,385 - $74,889
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,488
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$14.57 - $36.75
(Median)
$15
$20
$37
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,385 - $74,889  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,981  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$34,920 - $77,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $36.75  
   
Overtime
$20.95 - $51.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,981  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$34,920 - $77,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. Foresters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $69K on average.

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Experience Affects Forester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Forester Salaries

Timber Cruising
up arrow 22%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$50,000

Project Management
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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