2021 Highest Paid Forestry Graduates

1,156 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,974 Avg Salary
$22,032 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Forestry GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, forestry was ranked #158. In fact, 1,156 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Forestry Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Forestry Graduates ranking, we looked at 19 colleges that offer a bachelor's in forestry.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

How Much Do Forestry Majors Make After Graduation?

The average forestry major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $36,974 per year during the early years of their career. Unfortunately, that is 7% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

Average Salary for Forestry Graduates from Schools Nationwide  36,974
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Forestry Grads in the United States

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Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Forestry Graduates

Our rankings recognize North Carolina State University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. NC State is a very large public school located in the large city of Raleigh. Forestry majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,300.

Forestry majors at NC State take out an average of $22,312 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #1 school in this year's rankings. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Oregon State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Oregon State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Corvallis. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, forestry majors make an average salary of $44,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, forestry graduates from Oregon State carry an average student debtload of $27,578. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $303.

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University of California - Davis comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Davis.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in forestry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $41,900.

Forestry majors at UMN Twin Cities take out an average of $19,186 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $164.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. Forestry majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $39,900.

The average amount in student loans that forestry majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,014. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $243.

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Michigan Technological University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Forestry majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,600.

While working on their bachelor's, forestry majors at Michigan Tech accumulate an average of around $19,739 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Mississippi State, Mississippi State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, forestry majors make an average salary of $37,500.

While working on their bachelor's, forestry majors at Mississippi State accumulate an average of around $20,547 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $195.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in forestry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $36,100.

The average amount in student loans that forestry majors at Virginia Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,672. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Forestry by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Forestry is one of 5 different types of Natural Resources & Conservation programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 16,348
Wildlife Management 1,761
Natural Resource Management 1,307
Fisheries Sciences 405
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 100

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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