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Conservation Scientist and Foresters Salary Information

The salary statistics of conservation scientists and foresters are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of conservation scientists and foresters in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of conservation scientists and foresters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The conservation scientists and foresters annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Conservation Scientist and Foresters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,910
25th Percentile Wage
$47,240
50th Percentile Wage
$60,610
75th Percentile Wage
$76,680
90th Percentile Wage
$92,360

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for conservation scientists and foresters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) conservation scientists and foresters is $92,360. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,910. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 143% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of conservation scientists and foresters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201660,6100.64%2.56%
201560,220-0.23%-
201460,3601.62%-
201359,3800.54%-
201259,060--

Table 2. Conservation Scientist and Foresters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of conservation scientists and foresters in 11 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for conservation scientists and foresters occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $74,100. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $46,670).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$74,100
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$72,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$68,260
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$66,720
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,300
Wholesale Trade
$62,630
Manufacturing
$61,830
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,060
Federal, State, and Local Government
$60,020
Educational Services
$56,280
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,670



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