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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

45-4022 Logging Equipment Operators



Drive logging tractor or wheeled vehicle equipped with one or more accessories, such as bulldozer blade, frontal shear, grapple, logging arch, cable winches, hoisting rack, or crane boom, to fell tree; to skid, load, unload, or stack logs; or to pull stumps or clear brush. Logging truck drivers are included in “Heavy and Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers” (53-3032).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northeast Minnesota 16020$22.46/hr$18.13/hr$18.76/hr$23.71/hr$24.51/hr$25.29/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining350$23.71/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota 20$23.76/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 40$23.87/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$23.55/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 60$25.13/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 100$23.52/hr21.3%
Northwest Balance of State 100$23.52/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 130$23.86/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 160$23.71/hr29.8%
Minnesota 350$23.71/hr16.8%




  • Fill out required job or shift report forms.
  • Grade logs according to characteristics such as knot size and straightness, and according to established industry or company standards.
  • Control hydraulic tractors equipped with tree clamps and booms to lift, swing, and bunch sheared trees.
  • Inspect equipment for safety prior to use, and perform necessary basic maintenance tasks.
  • Drive and maneuver tractors and tree harvesters to shear the tops off of trees, cut and limb the trees, and cut the logs into desired lengths.
  • Drive straight or articulated tractors equipped with accessories such as bulldozer blades, grapples, logging arches, cable winches, and crane booms, to skid, load, unload, or stack logs, pull stumps, or clear brush.
  • Drive crawler or wheeled tractors to drag or transport logs from felling sites to log landing areas for processing and loading.
  • Calculate total board feet, cordage, or other wood measurement units, using conversion tables.
  • Grade logs according to characteristics such as knot size and straightness, and according to established industry or company standards.
  • Drive and maneuver tractors and tree harvesters to shear the tops off of trees, cut and limb the trees, and cut the logs into desired lengths.