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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

37-2021 Pest Control Workers

Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.


National estimates for Pest Control Workers
Industry profile for Pest Control Workers
Geographic profile for Pest Control Workers

National estimates for Pest Control Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Pest Control Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
79,560 2.2 % $ 19.40 $ 40,350 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pest Control Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.01 $ 14.64 $ 18.18 $ 23.35 $ 29.41
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,980 $ 30,450 $ 37,820 $ 48,570 $ 61,170


Industry profile for Pest Control Workers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Pest Control Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 76,140 3.58 $ 19.31 $ 40,160
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,530 0.03 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
Employment Services 270 0.01 $ 16.97 $ 35,290
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 260 0.01 $ 28.44 $ 59,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises 240 0.01 $ 15.08 $ 31,370

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Pest Control Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 76,140 3.58 $ 19.31 $ 40,160
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,530 0.03 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
Facilities Support Services 40 0.02 $ 22.42 $ 46,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises 240 0.01 $ 15.08 $ 31,370
Employment Services 270 0.01 $ 16.97 $ 35,290

Top paying industries for Pest Control Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 260 0.01 $ 28.44 $ 59,160
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 130 0.01 $ 25.39 $ 52,810
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 60 (7) $ 24.30 $ 50,540
Real Estate 60 (7) $ 22.82 $ 47,460
Facilities Support Services 40 0.02 $ 22.42 $ 46,640


Geographic profile for Pest Control Workers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Pest Control Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,000 0.61 1.06 $ 22.32 $ 46,430
Florida 9,190 1.09 1.90 $ 18.85 $ 39,200
Texas 6,770 0.56 0.98 $ 19.32 $ 40,190
Georgia 4,920 1.14 2.00 $ 16.10 $ 33,480
North Carolina 3,640 0.85 1.48 $ 16.69 $ 34,720




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pest Control Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama 2,320 1.22 2.13 $ 16.22 $ 33,740
Georgia 4,920 1.14 2.00 $ 16.10 $ 33,480
Florida 9,190 1.09 1.90 $ 18.85 $ 39,200
South Carolina 2,130 1.06 1.85 $ 16.03 $ 33,340
Mississippi 1,050 0.98 1.71 $ 17.73 $ 36,880




Top paying states for Pest Control Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,240 0.39 0.68 $ 25.99 $ 54,060
District of Columbia 30 0.05 0.08 $ 23.37 $ 48,600
Massachusetts 1,160 0.35 0.61 $ 23.32 $ 48,500
Colorado 890 0.34 0.60 $ 23.22 $ 48,290
Maryland 1,560 0.62 1.08 $ 23.19 $ 48,230





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Pest Control Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,690 0.53 0.93 $ 20.48 $ 42,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,030 1.15 2.01 $ 16.22 $ 33,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,420 0.42 0.73 $ 20.35 $ 42,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,020 0.56 0.99 $ 22.73 $ 47,270
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,700 0.68 1.19 $ 17.31 $ 36,010
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,620 1.25 2.18 $ 23.20 $ 48,260
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,580 0.53 0.93 $ 18.83 $ 39,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,380 0.46 0.80 $ 23.33 $ 48,520
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,350 0.31 0.54 $ 20.08 $ 41,760
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,300 0.62 1.08 $ 18.34 $ 38,150




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pest Control Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Madera, CA 150 3.30 5.78 $ 21.20 $ 44,090
Brunswick, GA 110 2.82 4.93 $ 16.17 $ 33,630
Punta Gorda, FL 120 2.59 4.53 $ 17.06 $ 35,480
Homosassa Springs, FL 80 2.56 4.47 $ 16.64 $ 34,600
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 180 2.40 4.20 $ 17.63 $ 36,660
Sebring, FL 60 2.28 3.99 $ 15.07 $ 31,340
Dothan, AL 120 2.19 3.82 $ 13.09 $ 27,230
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 620 2.12 3.71 $ 19.13 $ 39,790
Panama City, FL 160 2.07 3.61 $ 17.30 $ 35,980
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 530 2.01 3.51 $ 17.35 $ 36,090




Top paying metropolitan areas for Pest Control Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 360 0.35 0.61 $ 32.06 $ 66,690
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 710 0.36 0.63 $ 28.92 $ 60,150
Stockton-Lodi, CA 160 0.66 1.15 $ 26.58 $ 55,280
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 590 0.54 0.94 $ 25.74 $ 53,550
Santa Rosa, CA 130 0.64 1.13 $ 25.74 $ 53,540
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 600 0.99 1.74 $ 25.72 $ 53,500
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,100 0.47 0.82 $ 25.58 $ 53,210
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 160 0.65 1.14 $ 25.22 $ 52,470
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,230 0.88 1.54 $ 25.23 $ 52,470
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 40 0.46 0.81 $ 24.71 $ 51,390

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Pest Control Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 350 1.46 2.56 $ 16.67 $ 34,660
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 240 1.97 3.44 $ 18.09 $ 37,640
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 0.99 1.74 $ 15.11 $ 31,430
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 240 0.64 1.11 $ 13.85 $ 28,810
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 210 1.51 2.64 $ 15.49 $ 32,230

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pest Control Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 240 1.97 3.44 $ 18.09 $ 37,640
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.81 3.17 $ 23.40 $ 48,670
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 190 1.55 2.71 $ 14.82 $ 30,820
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 170 1.53 2.67 $ 14.27 $ 29,680
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 210 1.51 2.64 $ 15.49 $ 32,230

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Pest Control Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 0.66 $ 28.07 $ 58,390
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 0.83 $ 24.92 $ 51,830
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.81 3.17 $ 23.40 $ 48,670
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 0.63 $ 22.74 $ 47,310
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.44 $ 22.72 $ 47,260


About May 2020 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 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021