Urban foresters work primarily in larger metropolitan areas and manage trees in city landscapes. They focus on several issues, including runoff of storm water, values of various properties, quality of the air, shade and improving the appearances of areas under their charge. The salary for this position can vary with the area and specific job location.

## National Salary Ranges

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median annual pay for the forestry field was $55,220 -- $26.55 per hour in 2009. Those earning in the top 90 percent earned $75,310 for a median annual pay and $36.21 per hour. The earnings in the lowest 10 percent were at $35,250 for a median annual salary and $16.94 per hour. Those in the 50 percent range of wages received a median annual income of $53,840 and $25.89 for an hourly rate.

## Salary Ranges by Industry

Those employed by the federal government were paid a mean annual salary of $62,200 and $29.91 in 2009. State governments paid a median annual pay of $50,560 and $24.31 per hour, while local governments paid $52,590 per year and $25.29 per hour. The natural gas distribution industry offered workers in this field a median annual salary of $81,270 and $39.07 per hour. Specialized freight trucking paid a median annual wage of $63,390 and $30.47 per hour in 2009.

## Salary Ranges by State

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Montana paid workers in this field a mean annual salary of $52,690 and $25.33 per hour in 2009. California offered a median annual wage of $67,220 and $32.32 per hour, while New Jersey paid $66,510 per year and an hourly rate of $31.98. Oregon offered a median annual pay of $59,790 and $28.74 per hour. Alaska paid a median yearly rate of $64,080 and an hourly pay of $30.81.

## Salaries by Large Urban Areas

The Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that those working in Redding, California, were paid a median annual wage of $69,870 and $33.59 per hour in 2009. The area of Charlotte, Gastonia and Concord, North Carolina and South Carolina paid a median yearly wage of $67,710 and an hourly rate of $32.55. The metropolitan area including Chicago, Naperville and Joliet, Illinois, paid these workers a median annual wage of $64,660 and $31.09 per hour in 2009.