The Golden Tanager has a large range of approximately 438,000 km2. Because of this, the IUCN does not list the Golden Tanager as threatened or endangered and assesses the conservation status as of Least Concern. Population declines have been reported recently, but without knowledge of the total population size it is difficult to determine the severity of the effects on the species. Until total population size is known the Golden Tanager will remain at a non-threatened status (BirdLife International 2009).
Effects of human activity on populations
Any human disturbance which affects humid montane forest populations would negatively affect the Golden Tanager. In areas of disturbance, declines in species richness were noticed for many species of birds that occupy the same habitat as the Golden Tanager. Conservation of South American forests is essential to the survival of the Golden Tanager and many other Neotropical bird species, even if their populations are not immediately threatened. It is recommended that conservation efforts be installed for both pristine and disturbed habitats (Aben 2008).