Log Grader

Grade logs in sorting yards, millponds, or log decks.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$22,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Log Graders do?

Grades logs in sorting yard, millpond, or log deck according to industry or company standards: Measures diameter and length of log, using scale stick, steel tape, or other measuring aid, and determines total volume, using conversion table [LOG SCALER]. Jabs log with metal end of scale stick and inspects log to ascertain conditions or defects, such as sound or water-soaked wood, splits, broken ends, rotten areas, twists, and curves. Evaluates log’s characteristics and determines grade according to established criteria. Paints identification mark of specified color on log to identify grade and species, using paint spray can, or calls out grade to LOG MARKER. Estimates and deducts volume of waste wood from total volume, and records volume by grade in tally book.


Should I be a Log Grader?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Log Grader

    Most Log Graders have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9lkcaa&chl=no+college+%2855%25%29|certificate+%2833%25%29|associate%27s+%289%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,55,55
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