Becoming a Wildlife Worker via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Penn Foster Career School is a US school (accredited) offering wildlife courses to train individuals to become top-notch wildlife technicians, wildlife biologists, foresters, wildlife managers, wildlife workers, fish and wildlife biologists, district wildlife managers, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 17,460 people employed as zoologists and wildlife biologists alone in America, and their average annual salary is $60,670. Conservation scientists make on average $61,180 per year and there are about 16,810 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Penn Foster Career School that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Wildlife Worker Salary Information

Category: Zoologists and wildlife biologists

Total # Employed in the US 17,460
Average Hourly Wage: $29.17/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16.96 $21.55 $27.16 $34.61 $44.78
Average Yearly Salary $60,670
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$35,280 $44,830 $56,500 $71,990 $93,140
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.1% 0.9% 2.6% 3.3% 43.2% 30.2% 19.8%
Zoologists and wildlife biologists — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Mississippi $43.78/hr $91,050
Virginia $37.23/hr $77,440
Colorado $35.17/hr $73,160
Delaware $34.61/hr $71,990
Massachusetts $33.24/hr $69,150
Indiana $32.86/hr $68,360
Missouri $32.04/hr $66,650
Montana $31.07/hr $64,620
Oregon $30.42/hr $63,270
Tennessee $30.33/hr $63,080
Ohio $30.27/hr $62,960
North Dakota $30.22/hr $62,860
Kansas $29.55/hr $61,470
Alaska $29.24/hr $60,830
Nevada $29.1/hr $60,520
Oklahoma $29.07/hr $60,460
Iowa $28.6/hr $59,490
Connecticut $28.51/hr $59,300
Alabama $28.39/hr $59,040
New York $28.31/hr $58,890
Utah $27.74/hr $57,710
New Jersey $27.4/hr $56,990
Washington $26.82/hr $55,780
Pennsylvania $26.78/hr $55,700
North Carolina $26.64/hr $55,400
Louisiana $26.53/hr $55,180
Nebraska $26.01/hr $54,110
Hawaii $25.83/hr $53,720
South Carolina $25.34/hr $52,710
New Mexico $25.23/hr $52,490
Arkansas $25.15/hr $52,310
Guam $24.99/hr $51,980
California $24.76/hr $51,500
Michigan $24.54/hr $51,050
South Dakota $24.39/hr $50,730
Idaho $24.21/hr $50,350
West Virginia $24.16/hr $50,260
New Hampshire $24.12/hr $50,180
Wisconsin $23.59/hr $49,060
Wyoming $21.98/hr $45,710


Category: Conservation scientists

Total # Employed in the US 16,810
Average Hourly Wage: $29.41/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$17.1 $22.18 $28.92 $35.26 $42.25
Average Yearly Salary $61,180
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$35,570 $46,140 $60,160 $73,340 $87,890
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.8% 1.1% 7.2% 6.5% 62.8% 18.2% 3.5%
Conservation scientists — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Alaska $40.76/hr $84,790
Hawaii $35.7/hr $74,260
Florida $35.61/hr $74,070
Massachusetts $33.79/hr $70,290
North Carolina $33.47/hr $69,620
Delaware $33.47/hr $69,610
Colorado $33.24/hr $69,140
Mississippi $33.24/hr $69,130
Maine $32.8/hr $68,230
Kansas $32.64/hr $67,890
California $32.43/hr $67,450
Washington $32.43/hr $67,450
Indiana $32.42/hr $67,440
Wisconsin $32.04/hr $66,630
Tennessee $31.67/hr $65,870
Maryland $31.26/hr $65,030
South Dakota $30.92/hr $64,320
North Dakota $30.46/hr $63,350
New Mexico $30.44/hr $63,310
Pennsylvania $30.44/hr $63,320
Nebraska $30.35/hr $63,120
Alabama $30.15/hr $62,720
Ohio $30.04/hr $62,490
Connecticut $29.69/hr $61,760
Idaho $29.51/hr $61,370
Montana $29.4/hr $61,150
Iowa $29.26/hr $60,850
South Carolina $29.02/hr $60,370
Arkansas $28.82/hr $59,940
Kentucky $28.77/hr $59,850
Wyoming $28.56/hr $59,400
New Jersey $27.88/hr $57,980
Missouri $27.68/hr $57,570
Puerto Rico $27.49/hr $57,170
New York $27.08/hr $56,330
Guam $27.07/hr $56,300
Michigan $26.73/hr $55,600
Oklahoma $26.72/hr $55,570
West Virginia $26.17/hr $54,440
Oregon $26.17/hr $54,430
Nevada $25.57/hr $53,180
New Hampshire $25.48/hr $53,010
Louisiana $24.73/hr $51,440
Utah $21.2/hr $44,090


Category: Foresters

Total # Employed in the US 10,230
Average Hourly Wage: $26.55/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16.94 $20.82 $25.89 $31.63 $36.21
Average Yearly Salary $55,220
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$35,250 $43,310 $53,840 $65,800 $75,310
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.8% 1.1% 7.2% 6.5% 62.8% 18.2% 3.5%
Foresters — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Colorado $32.32/hr $67,220
North Dakota $31.98/hr $66,510
Alaska $30.81/hr $64,080
Delaware $29.84/hr $62,060
Kansas $29.64/hr $61,650
Ohio $29.52/hr $61,410
Missouri $29.07/hr $60,460
Iowa $29/hr $60,320
Tennessee $28.74/hr $59,790
Oregon $28.1/hr $58,460
Alabama $27.8/hr $57,810
Massachusetts $27.77/hr $57,760
Wyoming $27.66/hr $57,520
Guam $27.39/hr $56,970
Nebraska $27.38/hr $56,950
Montana $27.28/hr $56,740
Connecticut $27.26/hr $56,710
California $26.72/hr $55,580
North Carolina $26.45/hr $55,020
Oklahoma $25.97/hr $54,020
Puerto Rico $25.62/hr $53,290
South Carolina $25.55/hr $53,140
South Dakota $25.55/hr $53,140
Utah $25.46/hr $52,960
New Jersey $25.33/hr $52,690
Idaho $24.87/hr $51,730
Washington $24.82/hr $51,630
New Hampshire $24.73/hr $51,440
Pennsylvania $24.54/hr $51,040
Michigan $24.09/hr $50,110
New Mexico $23.95/hr $49,810
Louisiana $22.81/hr $47,430
Arkansas $22.7/hr $47,220
West Virginia $22.5/hr $46,800
Hawaii $22.45/hr $46,690
Kentucky $21.96/hr $45,670
Wisconsin $21.19/hr $44,080
Maryland $20.91/hr $43,490
Nevada $20.86/hr $43,390


Category: Forest and conservation technicians

Total # Employed in the US 31,440
Average Hourly Wage: $17.49/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$11.78 $13.22 $15.8 $20.92 $25.52
Average Yearly Salary $36,370
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$24,490 $27,510 $32,860 $43,510 $53,080
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
2.6% 17.5% 23.9% 12.6% 29.7% 9.4% 4.2%
Forest and conservation technicians — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Delaware $32.11/hr $66,800
Missouri $21.61/hr $44,950
Oklahoma $20.9/hr $43,480
Alaska $20.33/hr $42,280
Idaho $20.21/hr $42,040
Maine $20.17/hr $41,960
Hawaii $19.68/hr $40,930
Louisiana $19.55/hr $40,650
Massachusetts $19.5/hr $40,560
Montana $19.49/hr $40,540
California $19.42/hr $40,390
Alabama $19.27/hr $40,070
Michigan $19.23/hr $40,010
South Dakota $19/hr $39,510
Nevada $18.88/hr $39,280
Pennsylvania $18.53/hr $38,540
Puerto Rico $18.39/hr $38,260
Colorado $18.28/hr $38,020
Indiana $18.22/hr $37,890
Utah $18.17/hr $37,790
Oregon $18.13/hr $37,710
Nebraska $17.98/hr $37,390
Mississippi $17.98/hr $37,400
New Hampshire $17.66/hr $36,720
Kansas $17.65/hr $36,710
Tennessee $17.58/hr $36,560
Wyoming $17.49/hr $36,380
Washington $17.37/hr $36,130
South Carolina $17.14/hr $35,660
Connecticut $16.93/hr $35,210
North Carolina $16.82/hr $34,980
New York $16.8/hr $34,950
Iowa $16.61/hr $34,560
Arkansas $16.53/hr $34,370
Ohio $16.43/hr $34,180
Kentucky $16.07/hr $33,420
New Jersey $16.02/hr $33,320
Wisconsin $15.78/hr $32,810
West Virginia $15.64/hr $32,530
New Mexico $15.53/hr $32,300


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