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What Does it Take to Be a Log Grader or Scaler?

Log Grader or Scaler Job Description 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.

Log Grader or Scaler Responsibilities

  • Weigh log trucks before and after unloading, and record load weights and supplier identities.
  • Tend conveyor chains that move logs to and from scaling stations.
  • Identify logs of substandard or special grade so that they can be returned to shippers, regraded, recut, or transferred for other processing.
  • Record data about individual trees or load volumes into tally books or hand-held collection terminals.
  • Saw felled trees into lengths.
  • Paint identification marks of specified colors on logs to identify grades or species, using spray cans, or call out grades to log markers.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Log Grader or Scaler?

These are the skills Log Graders and Scalers say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Types of Log Grader or Scaler Jobs

  • Log Buyer
  • Log Yard Manager
  • Deck Specialist
  • Log Manager
  • Timber Buyer

Log Grader or Scaler Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 4,200 jobs for Log Grader or Scaler in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Log Grader or Scaler. The BLS estimates 500 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Log Grader or Scaler are Idaho, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Maine, or North Carolina. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Log Grader or Scaler

The average yearly salary of a Log Grader or Scaler ranges between $24,610 and $53,230.


Log Graders and Scalers who work in Washington, Oregon, or Wisconsin, make the highest salaries.

How much do Log Graders and Scalers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $39,350
Arkansas $38,100
California $40,480
Florida $30,530
Georgia $37,410
Idaho $43,020
Indiana $46,740
Kentucky $31,410
Louisiana $35,900
Maine $39,170
Michigan $43,390
Mississippi $45,040
Missouri $30,460
Montana $40,560
New Hampshire $40,480
New York $40,060
North Carolina $41,610
Ohio $35,750
Oregon $43,890
Pennsylvania $36,670
South Carolina $39,250
Tennessee $34,330
Texas $32,640
Vermont $41,150
Virginia $35,680
Washington $47,480
West Virginia $35,780
Wisconsin $47,130

What Tools & Technology do Log Graders and Scalers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Log Graders and Scalers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word

How to Become a Log Grader or Scaler

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Log Graders and Scalers Sector


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