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2021 Highest Paid Forestry Graduates in Illinois

54 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,000 Avg Salary
$18,129 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Forestry School for You

Highest Paid Forestry Graduates in IllinoisIn 2018-2019, 54 bachelor's degrees were awarded to forestry students who went to a Illinois college or university. This makes it the #132 most popular major in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 4.7% of all the forestry bachelor's degrees in the country. 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.

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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Forestry Majors

After graduating, forestry majors that go to school in Illinois go on to jobs making an average of $31,000 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 22% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

The national average salary for graduates with a bachelor's degree in forestry is $36,974. That's about 16% more that the average salary of graduates from schools in Illinois.

Average Salary for Forestry Graduates from Schools in Illinois  31,000
Average Salary for Forestry Graduates from Schools Nationwide  36,974
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802

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2021 Highest Paid Forestry Grads in Illinois

The following colleges produce the highest paid forestry graduates.

Best Schools for Highly Paid Forestry Graduates in Illinois

Our rankings recognize Southern Illinois University Carbondale as the #1 school in this year's rankings. SIUC is a large public school located in the small city of Carbondale. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in forestry from the school is $31,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, forestry graduates from SIUC carry an average student debtload of $19,751. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $188, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Forestry Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Forestry Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 255 44
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 409
Natural Resource Management 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).
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