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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Foresters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,100
25th Percentile Wage
$47,440
50th Percentile Wage
$58,700
75th Percentile Wage
$71,100
90th Percentile Wage
$82,400

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 $82,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,700. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,100. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 110% 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 foresters from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201658,7000.80%4.68%
201558,2300.43%-
201457,9801.50%-
201357,1102.03%-
201255,950--

Table 2. Foresters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of foresters in 10 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 $72,920. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $39,890).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$72,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$68,070
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$67,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,820
Wholesale Trade
$62,140
Manufacturing
$61,800
Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,920
Educational Services
$53,940
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,400
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,890

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 $39,150 to $74,310. The highest paying state for foresters is Louisiana with a median annual salary of $74,310. The lowest paying state is West Virginia with a median annual salary of $39,150. For more salary information of foresters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Louisiana
$74,310
New Jersey
$72,880
Alaska
$71,330
California
$69,540
Connecticut
$68,920
Pennsylvania
$64,190
Maryland
$63,760
Washington
$63,650
Oregon
$63,200
Michigan
$63,040
New York
$62,070
Wyoming
$62,020
Illinois
$61,990
Alabama
$61,530
Colorado
$61,220
Nebraska
$60,730
North Carolina
$60,720
Minnesota
$59,690
Massachusetts
$59,370
Vermont
$59,340
South Carolina
$57,490
Texas
$57,240
Ohio
$56,620
Utah
$55,540
Arkansas
$55,510
Georgia
$54,920
Montana
$54,850
Virginia
$54,700
Mississippi
$53,740
Arizona
$53,550
Idaho
$53,170
New Hampshire
$53,130
Wisconsin
$52,550
Tennessee
$52,120
Maine
$51,840
Indiana
$48,550
South Dakota
$48,170
Missouri
$48,150
Oklahoma
$47,680
Iowa
$46,370
Kentucky
$44,690
Florida
$44,050
New Mexico
$41,340
West Virginia
$39,150



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