Average Forester Salary

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The average salary for a Forester is $51,155.
MEDIAN $51,155
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$36k - $77k
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$34k - $79k

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Job Description for Forester

Forester Tasks
  • 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.
  • May locate timber, negotiate timber purchase contracts, and mark property lines.
  • May direct and manage forestry through inspection, natural resource inventories, or harvesting recommendations.

Popular Employer Salaries for Forester

The top respondents for the job title Forester are from the companies U.S. Forest Service, Weyerhaeuser Company and Sierra Pacific Industries. Reported salaries are highest at U.S. Forest Service where the average pay is $69,623. Sierra Pacific Industries pays the lowest at around $48,325.

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Popular Skills for Forester

Skills in Project Management, Contractor Management, Operations Management and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Forester

An entry-level Forester with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $40,730 based on 100 salaries. An early career Forester with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,895 based on 208 salaries. A mid-career Forester with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,964 based on 113 salaries. An experienced Forester with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,029 based on 128 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $63,388.
Employees with Forester in their job title in Sacramento, California earn an average of 19.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Bangor, Maine (16.9% more) and Seattle, Washington (2.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Tallahassee, Florida (10.2% less) and Redding, California (4.2% less).

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