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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,150
25th Percentile Wage
$47,150
50th Percentile Wage
$60,970
75th Percentile Wage
$77,480
90th Percentile Wage
$94,190

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 $94,190. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,150. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 160% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of conservation scientists and foresters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$60,970
0.59% 3.13%
2016
$60,610
0.64% -
2015
$60,220
-0.23% -
2014
$60,360
1.62% -
2013
$59,380
0.54% -
2012
$59,060
- -

Table 2. Conservation Scientist and Foresters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of conservation scientists and foresters in 14 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 $73,990. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $25,540).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$73,990
Construction
$71,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$69,050
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$66,030
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$65,980
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,820
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$64,450
Wholesale Trade
$62,050
Manufacturing
$62,040
Federal, State, and Local Government
$60,480
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,720
Educational Services
$59,360
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$52,270
Accommodation and Food Services
$25,540



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