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2021 Highest Paid Forestry Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

202 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,933 Avg Salary
$20,043 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Forestry School for You

Highest Paid Forestry Graduates in the Great Lakes RegionForestry is the #158 most popular major in the country with 1,156 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 202 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Forestry Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Forestry Graduates in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 3 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in forestry.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after 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?

After graduating, forestry majors that go to school in the Great Lakes Region go on to jobs making an average of $34,933 per year. That's not so great, since it is 12% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

The national average salary for graduates with a bachelor's degree in forestry is $36,974. That's about 6% more that the average salary of graduates from schools in the Great Lakes Region .

Average Salary for Forestry Graduates from Schools in the Great Lakes Region  34,933
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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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69,800

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2021 Highest Paid Forestry Grads in the Great Lakes Region

The highest paid forestry majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Best Schools for Highly Paid Forestry Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

Michigan Technological University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Michigan Tech is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Houghton. Students who receive their bachelor's in forestry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $38,600.

The average amount in student loans that forestry majors at Michigan Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,739. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that forestry majors at UW - Madison take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,984.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. UW - Stevens Point is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Stevens Point. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, forestry majors make an average salary of $35,200.

While working on their bachelor's, forestry majors at UW - Stevens Point accumulate an average of around $21,677 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $234.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid forestry school. SIUC is a large public school located in the small city of Carbondale. Students who receive their bachelor's in forestry from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $31,000.

The average amount in student loans that forestry majors at SIUC take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,751. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $188.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid forestry school. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

While working on their bachelor's, forestry majors at Michigan State accumulate an average of around $21,812 in student debt.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid forestry school. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that forestry majors at Purdue take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,600.

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Best Forestry Colleges by State

Explore the best forestry schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 255 44
Illinois 231 54
Indiana 227 16
Wisconsin 209 88

One of 5 majors within the Natural Resources & Conservation area of study, Forestry has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 2,072
Natural Resource Management 247
Wildlife Management 187
Fisheries Sciences 151
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 20

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Bureau of Land Management.

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