Foresters Salary Information

The salary statistics of foresters are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of foresters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The 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. Foresters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,480
25th Percentile Wage
$48,980
50th Percentile Wage
$60,120
75th Percentile Wage
$72,250
90th Percentile Wage
$84,830

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for foresters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) foresters is $84,830. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,480. 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 109% 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 foresters from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$60,120
2.36% 6.94%
2016
$58,700
0.80% -
2015
$58,230
0.43% -
2014
$57,980
1.50% -
2013
$57,110
2.03% -
2012
$55,950
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Table 2. Foresters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of 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 foresters occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $73,980. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $41,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$73,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$68,460
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$66,060
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$66,030
Manufacturing
$61,960
Wholesale Trade
$59,660
Federal, State, and Local Government
$59,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,610
Educational Services
$55,060
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$50,400
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,930

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Foresters by States

From the above tables we note that not only foresters 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 foresters in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $37,000 to $80,440. The highest paying state for foresters is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $80,440. The lowest paying state is West Virginia with a median annual salary of $37,000. For more salary information of foresters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$80,440
Connecticut
$74,000
California
$73,630
Louisiana
$71,890
Alaska
$70,950
Pennsylvania
$67,600
Oregon
$66,240
New York
$64,630
Minnesota
$64,580
Washington
$64,220
Nebraska
$63,850
Maryland
$63,730
Texas
$62,950
Massachusetts
$62,840
Vermont
$62,220
Illinois
$62,200
Wyoming
$61,610
Michigan
$61,520
Alabama
$61,440
Florida
$61,020
Colorado
$61,020
North Carolina
$60,200
Ohio
$59,730
South Carolina
$57,970
Tennessee
$56,400
Montana
$56,130
Mississippi
$55,610
Virginia
$55,550
Utah
$55,540
Idaho
$54,600
Arizona
$53,550
Arkansas
$53,410
Maine
$52,720
New Hampshire
$52,450
Wisconsin
$51,790
North Dakota
$51,250
Indiana
$50,560
South Dakota
$50,450
Oklahoma
$49,370
Georgia
$49,280
Missouri
$48,710
Iowa
$48,530
New Mexico
$47,420
Kentucky
$45,630
West Virginia
$37,000



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