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Forest and Conservation Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of forest and conservation workers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of forest and conservation workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The forest and conservation workers 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. Forest and Conservation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,100
25th Percentile Wage
$20,400
50th Percentile Wage
$26,940
75th Percentile Wage
$38,700
90th Percentile Wage
$49,150

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for forest and conservation workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) forest and conservation workers is $49,150. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $26,940. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,100. 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 157% 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 forest and conservation workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201626,9402.78%9.65%
201526,190-3.70%-
201427,1605.12%-
201325,7705.55%-
201224,340--

Table 2. Forest and Conservation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of forest and conservation workers in 9 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 forest and conservation workers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $38,460. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $24,860).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$38,460
Manufacturing
$38,050
Wholesale Trade
$36,650
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$36,100
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$35,500
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$34,690
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$30,210
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,950
Federal, State, and Local Government
$24,860

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Forest and Conservation Workers by States

From the above tables we note that not only forest and conservation workers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of forest and conservation workers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,110 to $47,470. The highest paying state for forest and conservation workers is Missouri with a median annual salary of $47,470. The lowest paying state is California with a median annual salary of $19,110. For more salary information of forest and conservation workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Missouri
$47,470
Alabama
$46,610
Pennsylvania
$46,030
Wisconsin
$45,650
New York
$40,300
New Jersey
$37,660
Texas
$37,040
Nebraska
$37,000
Oregon
$36,860
Kansas
$36,550
Illinois
$36,200
Ohio
$35,520
Louisiana
$35,310
Maryland
$35,290
North Dakota
$35,170
Oklahoma
$33,760
Hawaii
$33,630
Massachusetts
$33,270
Virginia
$32,530
Iowa
$31,570
Mississippi
$30,400
Washington
$28,560
Delaware
$28,520
Nevada
$27,970
West Virginia
$27,500
Kentucky
$27,360
Montana
$26,290
South Carolina
$25,760
Michigan
$24,060
South Dakota
$23,820
Tennessee
$23,610
Arkansas
$20,540
New Mexico
$19,720
Georgia
$19,570
California
$19,110


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