How Much Do Fallers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Fallers use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$49520 per year
Hourly wage
$24 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$29,580 to $34,920 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Fallers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $29,580 to $34,920 per year or $14 to $17 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Fallers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $39 $80,530
Senior (Top 25%) $31 $64,840
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $43,190
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $34,920
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $29,580

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MT $38 $79,710
CA $35 $73,080
WA $34 $70,320
ID $33 $68,480
GA $32 $67,230
OR $31 $65,460
LA $27 $56,040
AL $27 $55,270
AR $26 $53,470
OH $23 $47,360

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Faller is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Fallers are in the states of MT, CA, WA, ID and GA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Logging $56400 $27.12
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $37350 $17.96
Sawmills and Wood Preservation $33400 $16.06

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