Log graders and scalers are responsible for inspecting and estimating the value of logs or pulpwood. They work primarily in the outdoors and in locations such as sorting yards, log decks or millponds examining logs for defects and measuring them for volume. They grade the logs and estimate their marketable content.

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Log Scalers


Usually a high school diploma or equivalent is required. A forestry technician degree or forestry experience may be helpful in some cases. 

earning potential

  • Average Annual Salary: $36,948

  • Average Hourly Rate: $18/hour


  • Evaluate log characteristics and determine grades using established criteria

  • Weigh logs before and after unloading

  • Record load weights

  • Work under general supervision

  • Rely on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals

This job is right for you if...

  • You enjoy math

  • You like making decisions

  • You like working outdoors

  • You want to be in a management position without having to sit behind a desk


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