Chain Saw Operator

Trim limbs, tops, and roots from trees, and saw logs to specified lengths.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Chain Saw Operators do?

Trims limbs, tops, and roots from trees, and saws logs to predetermined lengths, using chain saw, preparatory to removal from forest or processing into wood products. May measure and mark logs for sawing. May be designated according to activity performed as Limber. For related classifications involving judgment in determining cutting techniques, see BUCKER; FALLER II; and TREE CUTTER.


Should I be a Chain Saw Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Chipper Operator, Feller Operator

    How to become a Chain Saw Operator

    Most Chain Saw Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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