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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 crops. Usually requires specific training and state or federal certification. Crop dusters are included in “Commercial Pilots” (53-2012).


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)
25,780 5.0 % $18.86 $39,230 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.03 $14.22 $17.23 $20.82 $27.57
Annual Wage (2) $25,020 $29,570 $35,840 $43,310 $57,350


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 12,630 0.58 $18.57 $38,620
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 3,960 0.70 $18.20 $37,860
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,790 0.51 (8) (8)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,040 1.49 $18.70 $38,890
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 410 0.03 $17.36 $36,100

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 1,040 1.49 $18.70 $38,890
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 3,960 0.70 $18.20 $37,860
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 12,630 0.58 $18.57 $38,620
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,790 0.51 (8) (8)
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 310 0.19 $16.99 $35,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 100 (7) $26.88 $55,910
Real Estate (8) (8) $25.40 $52,830
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly (8) (8) $22.09 $45,950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $21.22 $44,130
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 (7) $20.62 $42,880


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 3,490 0.40 2.26 $15.99 $33,270
California 2,400 0.14 0.79 $26.43 $54,980
Minnesota 1,480 0.51 2.93 $16.32 $33,950
Iowa 1,220 0.79 4.50 $17.94 $37,310
Illinois 1,160 0.19 1.10 $20.95 $43,570




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 1.48 8.45 $17.10 $35,580
North Dakota 630 1.48 8.46 $22.73 $47,270
Montana 520 1.11 6.31 $17.57 $36,550
Wyoming 300 1.10 6.29 $19.04 $39,600
Idaho 660 0.91 5.18 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,400 0.14 0.79 $26.43 $54,980
North Dakota 630 1.48 8.46 $22.73 $47,270
New York (8) (8) (8) $22.17 $46,110
Oregon 270 0.14 0.81 $22.14 $46,040
Illinois 1,160 0.19 1.10 $20.95 $43,570





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)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,010 0.38 2.17 $16.83 $35,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 680 0.11 0.62 $35.21 $73,240
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 640 0.49 2.81 $14.92 $31,040
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 450 0.34 1.92 $15.05 $31,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 380 0.14 0.78 $16.23 $33,750
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 320 0.30 1.71 $16.76 $34,870
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 310 0.07 0.38 $24.78 $51,530
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 250 0.09 0.49 $19.43 $40,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 240 0.11 0.65 $18.96 $39,440
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 210 0.21 1.19 $22.45 $46,700




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)
Madera, CA 70 1.53 8.74 $16.13 $33,560
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 80 1.52 8.65 $16.29 $33,870
Bismarck, ND 70 0.96 5.48 (8) (8)
Merced, CA 70 0.91 5.20 $22.77 $47,350
Visalia-Porterville, CA 130 0.83 4.73 $20.17 $41,950
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 40 0.81 4.59 $18.05 $37,540
Billings, MT 70 0.79 4.51 $17.84 $37,110
Champaign-Urbana, IL 80 0.78 4.42 $21.14 $43,980
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 70 0.72 4.10 $25.31 $52,640
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 160 0.71 4.05 $16.56 $34,430




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.08 0.46 $37.99 $79,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 680 0.11 0.62 $35.21 $73,240
Stockton-Lodi, CA 90 0.34 1.95 $30.19 $62,800
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $25.85 $53,780
Syracuse, NY (8) (8) (8) $25.34 $52,700
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 70 0.72 4.10 $25.31 $52,640
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 310 0.07 0.38 $24.78 $51,530
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 40 0.08 0.46 $24.41 $50,760
Wenatchee, WA (8) (8) (8) $24.17 $50,270
Madison, WI 100 0.24 1.38 $23.52 $48,920

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 380 0.96 5.45 $17.22 $35,830
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 370 2.73 15.56 $17.83 $37,080
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 340 2.58 14.68 $17.23 $35,830
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.17 12.37 $28.25 $58,760
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 230 2.29 13.05 $18.18 $37,800

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)
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 3.26 18.59 $18.97 $39,450
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 3.12 17.75 $16.64 $34,620
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 370 2.73 15.56 $17.83 $37,080
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 340 2.58 14.68 $17.23 $35,830
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 230 2.29 13.05 $18.18 $37,800

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.17 12.37 $28.25 $58,760
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.99 5.63 $21.69 $45,100
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.48 $44,690
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.06 6.04 $20.79 $43,240
West Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.62 $42,890


About May 2019 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.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020