Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

37-3012 Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation

Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops. Usually requires specific training and State or Federal certification. Exclude "Commercial Pilots" (53-2012) who operate aviation equipment to dust or spray crops.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
23,530 5.0 % $15.11 $31,420 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.77 $11.81 $14.39 $17.73 $21.44
Annual Wage (2) $20,320 $24,570 $29,930 $36,880 $44,600


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 13,540 $15.08 $31,360
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,850 $16.17 $33,630
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,780 $14.87 $30,920
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,480 $13.93 $28,980
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 900 $14.95 $31,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 $20.04 $41,680
State Government (OES Designation) 200 $19.78 $41,140
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) $18.28 $38,010
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 60 $16.43 $34,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,850 $16.17 $33,630


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
South Dakota 690 $12.30 $25,580 1.766
North Dakota 280 $13.42 $27,920 0.803
Kansas 780 $14.83 $30,850 0.581
Idaho 340 $13.44 $27,960 0.560
Iowa 760 $14.30 $29,740 0.514

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Maine (8) $20.97 $43,620 (8)
Connecticut 100 $18.30 $38,060 0.063
Massachusetts 280 $17.80 $37,030 0.088
New Jersey 60 $17.75 $36,920 0.016
Illinois 1,480 $17.54 $36,490 0.259


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Greenville, NC 70 $12.55 $26,100 0.923
Merced, CA 50 $17.94 $37,320 0.902
Peoria, IL 150 $15.70 $32,660 0.885
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 80 $16.43 $34,180 0.801
Napa, CA 50 $13.07 $27,170 0.726

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Stockton, CA 70 $24.45 $50,850 0.313
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 80 $23.39 $48,660 0.056
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 70 $23.13 $48,120 0.392
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 50 $23.06 $47,970 0.031
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 $21.87 $45,480 0.036


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010