Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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. Excludes "Commercial Pilots" (53-2012) who dust or spray crops from aircraft.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
23,200 4.8 % $15.13 $31,470 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.74 $11.80 $14.37 $17.68 $21.66
Annual Wage (2) $20,250 $24,540 $29,890 $36,770 $45,050


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 12,850 0.73 $14.99 $31,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,060 0.07 $16.35 $34,010
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,040 0.62 $14.81 $30,800
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,540 0.53 $14.10 $29,330
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 850 1.12 $15.15 $31,510

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 850 1.12 $15.15 $31,510
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 12,850 0.73 $14.99 $31,190
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,040 0.62 $14.81 $30,800
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,540 0.53 $14.10 $29,330
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.10 $14.06 $29,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 60 (7) $20.76 $43,170
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.01 $20.16 $41,930
State Government (OES Designation) 210 0.01 $20.11 $41,820
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $17.89 $37,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,060 0.07 $16.35 $34,010


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 2,890 0.41 2.22 $14.58 $30,330
California 2,280 0.16 0.89 $17.01 $35,390
Illinois 1,330 0.24 1.32 $17.97 $37,380
Pennsylvania 1,150 0.21 1.15 $15.68 $32,610
Minnesota 1,120 0.44 2.38 $14.73 $30,630




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 630 1.63 8.91 $14.39 $29,940
North Dakota 270 0.77 4.20 $14.01 $29,150
Kansas 730 0.56 3.07 $14.82 $30,820
Montana 230 0.53 2.91 $12.51 $26,010
Minnesota 1,120 0.44 2.38 $14.73 $30,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine (8) (8) (8) $20.08 $41,770
Massachusetts 200 0.06 0.35 $19.54 $40,650
Illinois 1,330 0.24 1.32 $17.97 $37,380
Delaware 140 0.36 1.95 $17.79 $37,000
New Jersey 160 0.04 0.23 $17.54 $36,490

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 750 0.68 3.74 $14.51 $30,190
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 500 0.30 1.65 $14.86 $30,910
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 380 0.65 3.58 $15.08 $31,360
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 320 0.33 1.82 $14.93 $31,060
Jacksonville, FL 280 0.50 2.73 $13.96 $29,040
Wichita, KS 250 0.91 5.01 $15.76 $32,790
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 230 1.22 6.68 $12.15 $25,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 220 0.13 0.73 $12.46 $25,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 190 0.09 0.48 $14.24 $29,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.26 $18.94 $39,400




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ames, IA 80 2.06 11.29 $12.10 $25,170
Yakima, WA 100 1.27 6.96 $15.66 $32,570
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 230 1.22 6.68 $12.15 $25,270
Merced, CA 50 0.92 5.02 $18.77 $39,040
Wichita, KS 250 0.91 5.01 $15.76 $32,790
Rapid City, SD 50 0.84 4.59 $12.80 $26,620
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 40 0.81 4.43 $13.86 $28,820
Redding, CA 50 0.76 4.14 $18.71 $38,920
Billings, MT 60 0.73 4.00 $12.51 $26,030
Sioux Falls, SD 90 0.71 3.87 $15.56 $32,360




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.49 $55,100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 30 0.02 0.12 $25.25 $52,520
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.20 $23.73 $49,360
Modesto, CA 30 0.22 1.20 $23.20 $48,250
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.33 $22.98 $47,790
Stockton, CA 90 0.45 2.47 $22.77 $47,360
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.20 $22.32 $46,420
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.21 $21.95 $45,660
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.04 0.19 $20.91 $43,480
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA (8) (8) (8) $19.98 $41,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 350 0.92 5.02 $13.97 $29,060
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 2.67 14.62 $14.54 $30,240
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 290 1.60 8.78 $13.66 $28,400
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.70 3.84 $16.04 $33,370
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.94 5.14 $14.02 $29,170

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 3.37 18.45 $14.20 $29,540
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 2.67 14.62 $14.54 $30,240
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 2.59 14.21 $13.86 $28,830
East Central North Dakota 70 1.74 9.56 $14.75 $30,670
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 290 1.60 8.78 $13.66 $28,400

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.91 $19.28 $40,110
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.95 $37,340
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.61 $36,620
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.70 3.83 $16.80 $34,950
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.27 $33,840


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011