Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
23,790 5.8 % $15.90 $33,070 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.48 $12.58 $15.02 $18.20 $22.61
Annual Wage (2) $21,790 $26,170 $31,240 $37,860 $47,020


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 12,670 0.64 $15.84 $32,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,820 0.07 $16.79 $34,920
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,010 0.90 $15.71 $32,690
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,850 0.56 $14.73 $30,630
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 810 1.07 $15.14 $31,500

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 810 1.07 $15.14 $31,500
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,010 0.90 $15.71 $32,690
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 12,670 0.64 $15.84 $32,950
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,850 0.56 $14.73 $30,630
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 190 0.12 $15.47 $32,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $25.41 $52,850
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $19.73 $41,030
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,820 0.07 $16.79 $34,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $16.62 $34,580
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $16.53 $34,380


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 3,190 0.42 2.36 $15.77 $32,790
California 2,800 0.19 1.05 $17.09 $35,550
Illinois 1,170 0.20 1.15 $18.82 $39,140
Texas 1,150 0.10 0.58 $16.27 $33,840
Iowa 1,100 0.73 4.12 $14.12 $29,360



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 1.55 8.79 $14.19 $29,510
Wyoming 320 1.12 6.38 $16.46 $34,230
Montana 420 0.94 5.35 $14.27 $29,690
Iowa 1,100 0.73 4.12 $14.12 $29,360
Idaho 270 0.43 2.45 $14.85 $30,880



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 440 0.11 0.65 $20.64 $42,930
Illinois 1,170 0.20 1.15 $18.82 $39,140
Hawaii 60 0.09 0.51 $18.55 $38,580
Pennsylvania 510 0.09 0.51 $18.42 $38,320
Massachusetts 300 0.09 0.51 $17.67 $36,760




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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 350 0.19 1.07 $15.33 $31,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 320 0.14 0.81 $17.67 $36,750
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 300 0.40 2.28 $17.76 $36,940
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 270 0.20 1.16 $19.74 $41,070
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 240 0.22 1.27 $15.57 $32,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 210 0.09 0.50 $15.46 $32,150
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 210 0.93 5.29 $18.20 $37,860
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 190 0.36 2.02 $12.92 $26,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 180 0.06 0.36 $13.91 $28,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.39 $15.82 $32,900



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)
Palm Coast, FL 40 2.27 12.89 $14.98 $31,150
Merced, CA 120 1.82 10.36 $18.23 $37,920
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 70 1.47 8.37 $14.75 $30,690
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 210 0.93 5.29 $18.20 $37,860
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 70 0.91 5.15 $16.94 $35,230
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 40 0.87 4.94 $17.32 $36,020
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 30 0.84 4.79 $23.84 $49,590
Manhattan, KS 40 0.80 4.53 $18.18 $37,810
Savannah, GA 120 0.76 4.29 $14.04 $29,200
Lima, OH 40 0.74 4.21 $16.77 $34,890



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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 0.25 $28.81 $59,920
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.36 $24.49 $50,940
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 30 0.84 4.79 $23.84 $49,590
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.99 $45,740
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.97 $45,690
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.16 0.92 $21.42 $44,560
Modesto, CA 80 0.52 2.96 $21.35 $44,410
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $20.67 $42,990
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.58 $42,800
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.49 $42,620

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)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.14 12.17 $14.19 $29,510
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 210 0.87 4.96 $15.88 $33,020
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.46 2.62 $16.59 $34,500
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 5.44 30.88 $14.00 $29,120
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 150 0.51 2.87 $15.09 $31,390

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 180 5.44 30.88 $14.00 $29,120
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 3.57 20.25 $18.99 $39,490
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 3.21 18.25 $15.10 $31,400
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.14 12.17 $14.19 $29,510
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.78 10.09 $13.69 $28,470

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)
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.83 $45,410
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.91 $43,490
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.95 $41,490
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.43 $40,420
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 3.57 20.25 $18.99 $39,490


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015