Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
22,830 4.6 % $15.72 $32,690 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.26 $12.41 $14.82 $18.14 $22.48
Annual Wage (2) $21,340 $25,820 $30,820 $37,720 $46,760


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 12,500 0.66 $15.56 $32,370
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,800 0.07 $16.76 $34,850
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,300 0.70 $15.54 $32,320
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,790 0.55 $14.80 $30,790
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 750 1.01 $15.50 $32,230

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 750 1.01 $15.50 $32,230
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,300 0.70 $15.54 $32,320
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 12,500 0.66 $15.56 $32,370
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,790 0.55 $14.80 $30,790
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 300 0.20 $15.20 $31,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 100 (7) $23.32 $48,510
Elementary and Secondary Schools 30 (7) $19.90 $41,400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) $17.36 $36,100
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,800 0.07 $16.76 $34,850
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 240 0.02 $16.52 $34,370


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 2,630 0.35 2.05 $15.28 $31,770
California 2,610 0.18 1.03 $16.89 $35,130
Texas 1,190 0.11 0.63 $15.86 $32,980
Minnesota 1,010 0.38 2.19 $15.62 $32,490
Georgia 930 0.24 1.40 $13.28 $27,620




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 650 1.62 9.44 $14.03 $29,180
Montana 520 1.18 6.88 $13.91 $28,940
Wyoming 230 0.84 4.87 $15.03 $31,270
North Dakota 300 0.70 4.05 $14.38 $29,900
Iowa 820 0.55 3.20 $15.36 $31,950




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 70 0.04 0.26 $22.05 $45,860
New Jersey 550 0.14 0.84 $19.70 $40,980
Massachusetts 390 0.12 0.70 $18.81 $39,120
Pennsylvania 670 0.12 0.69 $17.99 $37,420
Hawaii 70 0.11 0.65 $17.84 $37,110





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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 350 0.27 1.57 $13.60 $28,280
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 270 0.13 0.74 $17.65 $36,720
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 270 0.36 2.11 $18.04 $37,520
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 260 0.25 1.47 $15.24 $31,690
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.27 1.56 $19.87 $41,320
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 230 0.69 3.99 $16.04 $33,360
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 220 0.12 0.71 $21.18 $44,050
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 200 0.96 5.59 $16.63 $34,590
Kansas City, MO-KS 190 0.19 1.10 $18.83 $39,170
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 180 0.52 3.05 $15.72 $32,690




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)
Napa, CA 130 2.05 11.93 $14.67 $30,510
Palm Coast, FL 40 2.01 11.65 $14.43 $30,020
Merced, CA 120 2.00 11.60 $17.18 $35,740
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 70 1.58 9.17 $14.78 $30,740
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 200 0.96 5.59 $16.63 $34,590
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 60 0.83 4.84 $16.13 $33,560
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 40 0.78 4.51 $17.09 $35,550
Janesville, WI 40 0.72 4.21 $15.54 $32,310
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 230 0.69 3.99 $16.04 $33,360
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 130 0.67 3.87 $13.64 $28,370




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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.63 $51,240
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.36 $24.03 $49,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 40 0.02 0.13 $23.89 $49,700
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.35 $48,570
Modesto, CA 70 0.42 2.41 $21.25 $44,210
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 220 0.12 0.71 $21.18 $44,050
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $20.26 $42,130
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.15 $41,920
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.09 $41,780
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 260 0.27 1.56 $19.87 $41,320

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 300 2.40 13.96 $13.84 $28,780
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.46 2.67 $15.57 $32,390
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 160 4.77 27.71 $14.61 $30,390
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.65 3.75 $15.65 $32,560
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 150 0.52 3.00 $12.22 $25,420

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 160 4.77 27.71 $14.61 $30,390
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 2.65 15.38 $15.13 $31,460
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 300 2.40 13.96 $13.84 $28,780
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.20 12.76 $13.18 $27,420
East Central North Dakota 80 1.95 11.32 $13.19 $27,430

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.96 $49,840
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 2.49 $23.71 $49,320
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.64 $40,850
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 1.13 $18.98 $39,470
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.63 $38,750


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014