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Median annual earnings of foresters were 61,410 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries ranged from less than $41,350 for the lowest paid 10 percent to more than $86,870 for the highest paid 10 percent. Foresters working for the federal government earned an average salary of $66,040. Mean annual salaries in state and local governments were generally somewhat lower, $59,690 and $63,580, respectively. Whether working for private industry or federal, state, or local governments, foresters' salaries depend on the number of years of education and their experience in the field.

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