Timber Buyer

A timber buyer career could be for you if…
Your skills include critical thinking, speaking and decision making.
Your interests can be described as realistic, enterprising and conventional.
Your values include working conditions, independence and achievement.

Career Overview

A timber buyer is a professional forester, forest technician, or forest worker who specializes in the purchase and resale of standing trees and timber. Timber is purchased from federal or state government lands or private forest landowners and sold to a wide variety of mills and processing facilities. Timber buyers must be skilled at measuring and evaluating standing timber, negotiating with landowners, loggers, and mills, and ensuring that all contracts between the various parties are satisfied. Timber buyers must thrive in a fast-paced work environment, and good communication skills and attention to detail are crucial to success.

Other job titles include: buyer, grain buyer, grain merchandiser, grain origination specialist, purchasing agent, tobacco buyer.

Education and Training

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.


National Average Annual Salary
$41,060.00 - $116,370.00
National Average Hourly Salary
$19.74 - $55.95
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