These Are The 10 Best Cities For Lumberjacks

We used the most recent data to determine the best cities in America for Lumberjacks to open up shop.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 1 year ago

Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Logging Equipment Operators, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer lumberjacks the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where lumberjacks get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for lumberjacks. The result is this list of the best cities for lumberjacks:

  1. Longview, WA
  2. Albany, OR
  3. Olympia, WA
  4. Corvallis, OR
  5. Mount Vernon, WA
  6. Bellingham, WA
  7. Salem, OR
  8. Eugene, OR
  9. Macon, GA
  10. Spokane, WA

So there you have it — Longview is the best city when it comes to being a lumberjack.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a lumberjack? That would be Tampa.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for lumberjacks and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a lumberjack?




Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for lumberjacks in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well lumberjacks get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

This left us with enough data for 56 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 56 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for lumberjacks in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for lumberjacks.

1. Longview, WA

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 250
Average Annual Salary: $52,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,440
Location Quotient: 35.26

2. Albany, OR

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $48,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,970
Location Quotient: 15.67

3. Olympia, WA

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $59,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,650
Location Quotient: 5.44

4. Corvallis, OR

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 100
Average Annual Salary: $45,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,230
Location Quotient: 14.12

5. Mount Vernon, WA

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $47,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,780
Location Quotient: 5.05

6. Bellingham, WA

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $46,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,200
Location Quotient: 5.17

7. Salem, OR

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 260
Average Annual Salary: $43,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,960
Location Quotient: 8.3

8. Eugene, OR

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 280
Average Annual Salary: $42,670
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,480
Location Quotient: 9.68

9. Macon, GA

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

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Total Jobs: 100
Average Annual Salary: $43,900
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,720
Location Quotient: 4.94

10. Spokane, WA

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $44,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,400
Location Quotient: 5.02

And that’s our list of the best cities for lumberjacks

If you’re looking to start out your career as a lumberjacks these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a lumberjack in America:

  1. Tampa, FL
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Albany, NY

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Lumberjacks

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Longview, WA $52,130 $42,440 250
2 Albany, OR $48,240 $38,970 130
3 Olympia, WA $59,480 $42,650 110
4 Corvallis, OR $45,530 $35,230 100
5 Mount Vernon, WA $47,120 $40,780 50
6 Bellingham, WA $46,500 $38,200 80
7 Salem, OR $43,830 $36,960 260
8 Eugene, OR $42,670 $33,480 280
9 Macon, GA $43,900 $31,720 100
10 Spokane, WA $44,470 $34,400 220
11 Longview, TX $42,540 $33,770 50
12 Coeur d’Alene, ID $37,180 $26,110 100
13 Seattle, WA $54,370 $39,670 110
14 Beaumont, TX $46,200 $29,370 90
15 Little Rock, AR $41,240 $31,720 70
16 Florence, AL $36,530 $25,670 70
17 Missoula, MT $36,780 $29,640 70
18 Tacoma, WA $44,290 $32,920 120
19 Portland, OR $44,270 $36,110 320
20 Monroe, LA $39,430 $28,470 60
21 Redding, CA $42,230 $32,300 140
22 Alexandria, LA $38,200 $29,050 50
23 Panama City, FL $43,340 $25,600 80
24 Spartanburg, SC $37,470 $29,410 50
25 Charleston, SC $36,820 $27,480 190
26 Duluth, MN $40,550 $32,850 80
27 Pine Bluff, AR $32,160 $21,780 60
28 Eau Claire, WI $38,280 $32,540 50
29 Bangor, ME $34,950 $27,290 120
30 Florence, SC $36,730 $25,280 50
31 Valdosta, GA $37,520 $18,990 50
32 Baton Rouge, LA $37,670 $27,520 100
33 Dothan, AL $32,810 $21,670 70
34 Jackson, TN $34,600 $25,860 40
35 Hattiesburg, MS $32,070 $18,240 100
36 Tuscaloosa, AL $31,640 $18,000 160
37 Jacksonville, FL $40,890 $28,800 140
38 Bend, OR $37,030 $27,040 50
39 Raleigh, NC $39,010 $27,820 70
40 Charlottesville, VA $35,980 $23,060 170
41 Santa Rosa, CA $44,720 $31,100 40
42 Jackson, MS $33,690 $26,580 40
43 Charlotte, NC $39,240 $25,960 120
44 Augusta, GA $31,980 $21,510 150
45 Lynchburg, VA $38,930 $18,910 90
46 Birmingham, AL $31,740 $19,130 190
47 Montgomery, AL $28,980 $17,630 110
48 Atlanta, GA $34,210 $22,740 160
49 Greensboro, NC $31,870 $21,590 40
50 Columbia, SC $28,140 $16,740 120
51 Shreveport, LA $29,050 $16,940 60
52 Portland, ME $34,490 $17,940 40
53 Greenville, SC $28,000 $16,480 80
54 Albany, NY $31,100 $21,810 50
55 Pittsburgh, PA $25,540 $20,710 40
56 Tampa, FL $35,500 $17,970 40

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