Log Graders and Scalers
SOC: 45-4023.00


Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
3,700 employed

Projected (2024):
3,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Check Scaler
  • Compounding Scaler
  • Contract Forester
  • Deck Scaler
  • Deck Specialist
  • Decker
  • Deckman
  • Forester
  • Inspector
  • Landing Scaler
  • Log Buyer
  • Log Check Scaler
  • Log Grader
  • Log Manager
  • Log Marker
  • Log Scaler
  • Log Sorter
  • Log Yard Manager
  • Log Yard Operator
  • Pond Monkey
  • Pond Scaler
  • Pondman
  • Procurement Forester
  • Raw Material Manager
  • Scaler
  • Timber Buyer
  • Timber Estimator
  • Veneer Grader

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Evaluate log characteristics and determine grades, using established criteria.
  • Record data about individual trees or load volumes into tally books or hand-held collection terminals.
  • Paint identification marks of specified colors on logs to identify grades or species, using spray cans, or call out grades to log markers.
  • Measure felled logs or loads of pulpwood to calculate volume, weight, dimensions, and marketable value, using measuring devices and conversion tables.
  • Measure log lengths and mark boles for bucking into logs, according to specifications.
  • Identify logs of substandard or special grade so that they can be returned to shippers, regraded, recut, or transferred for other processing.
  • Jab logs with metal ends of scale sticks, and inspect logs to ascertain characteristics or defects such as water damage, splits, knots, broken ends, rotten areas, twists, and curves.
  • Drive to sawmills, wharfs, or skids to inspect logs or pulpwood.
  • Communicate with coworkers by using signals to direct log movement.
  • Weigh log trucks before and after unloading, and record load weights and supplier identities.
  • Saw felled trees into lengths.
  • Tend conveyor chains that move logs to and from scaling stations.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 3D laser scanning systems
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Chain saws
  • Digital measuring wheels
  • Forestry hard hats
  • Forestry safety glasses
  • Hand calculators
  • Handheld computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Light curtains
  • Log calipers
  • Log counters
  • Log truck scales
  • Logger tapes
  • Lumber crayons
  • Personal computers
  • Safety whistles
  • Single-bit hatchets
  • Tablet computers
  • Tree scale sticks
  • Wood moisture meters
  • X-ray log scanners
  • Atterbury Consultants, Inc. SuperACE Timber Cruise software
  • Fakopp Enterprise Resonance Log Grader software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word

  • farming fishing and forestry

    industry stats

    SOC: 45-0000

    Total Employed: 454,230

    Average Annual Salary: $26,360