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Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.
Titles for this career often contain these words
Only 4% of logging workers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by logging workers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer logging workers have bachelor's degrees than 90% of other careeers.
Workforce size
Fallers, with 6,600 workers, form a smaller workforce than 92% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for fallers are expected to shrink by 18%, and should have about 800 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of automation for fallers is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for fallers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most fallers earn.
Women account for 2% of logging workers -- that's a smaller percentage than 94% of other jobs.
Gender of logging workers
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For logging workers, the median men's salary was 25% more the median woman's salary.
About 12% of logging workers are minority, and 7% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of logging workers
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Context: Foreign-born workers (7%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Fallers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of fallers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (100%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (81%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (80%)
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration (74%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (72%)
  • Consequence of Error (56%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (37%)
  • Time Pressure (36%)
Salary and diversity
What do logging workers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (fallers). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for fallers (BLS Salary Data)
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all logging workers.
Distribution: Salaries for logging workers (ACS Salary Data)
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
Logging Workers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $31KAll jobs' median $45K$32K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire fallers.
Employers of Logging Workers (ACS)
Private for-profit (66.8%)
Private not-for-profit (1.4%)
Local government (1.0%)
State government (0.5%)
Federal government (0.8%)
Self-employed incorporated (6.9%)
Self-employed not incorporated (22.5%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of logging workers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of logging workers, which combines the 4 specialties for this career.
$32K$31K$32K$42K$41K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedLocal governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of fallers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty fallers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for logging workers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
Number employed

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Logging workers and gender

With 2% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 94% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
Gender of Logging workers
Men (98%)
Women (2%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for logging workers tops that, with the median salary for men 25% higher than the median salary for women.

Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Logging workers have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 73% of other jobs.


We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of logging workers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority logging workers than for 88% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of logging workers
White (86% )
Black (9% )
Other (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Multiracial (1% )
Hispanic (0% )
Asian (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
Distribution: Salaries for logging workers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$26K$29K$33K$35K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KBlackAsianWhiteAmerican Indian
Distribution: Salaries for logging workers by nativity
$27K$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Logging workers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 13% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 51% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time logging workers is shown following.

$12K$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by fallers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fallers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as logging workers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for fallers

A high school diploma is enough for most logging worker jobs. Some vocational or technical schools and community colleges offer associate’s degrees or certificates in forest technology. This additional education may help workers get a job. Programs may include field trips to observe or participate in logging activities.

A few community colleges offer education programs for logging equipment operators.

Education attained by logging workers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for logging workers? Below we see the distribution of logging workers salaries based on the education attained.

$28K$32K$37K$35K$38K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KNone (29%)High School (50%)Some College (13%)Associate's/Cert. (4%)Bachelor's Degree (3%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Switching Careers
The most common next careers for logging workers

What jobs will most logging workers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of logging workers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Logging WorkersDriver/sales workers and truck driversSpecialized production workers, including computer-controlled tooloperatorsntsAcsOcc_6320Laborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversWood Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and TendersGrounds maintenance workersConstruction LaborersMachinistsFarmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural ManagersSpecialized Production WorkersCashiersCustomer Service Representatives
Lateral job transitions for logging workers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 10 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as logging workers as well as 1% of respondents after working as logging workers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Prior and next careers for logging workers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as logging workers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of logging workers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most fallers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as fallers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all logging workers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Fallers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where fallers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for logging workers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for logging workers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all logging workers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Fallers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which fallers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

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  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?