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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 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)
75,130 1.8 % $17.60 $36,610 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.89 $13.25 $16.52 $21.10 $26.48
Annual Wage (2) $22,650 $27,570 $34,370 $43,890 $55,080


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 71,540 3.39 $17.48 $36,350
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,100 0.02 $19.95 $41,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises 400 0.02 $19.27 $40,080
Facilities Support Services 340 0.22 $18.77 $39,050
Elementary and Secondary Schools 250 0.00 $20.32 $42,270

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 71,540 3.39 $17.48 $36,350
Facilities Support Services 340 0.22 $18.77 $39,050
Grain and Oilseed Milling 80 0.13 $22.61 $47,020
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,100 0.02 $19.95 $41,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises 400 0.02 $19.27 $40,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 240 0.01 $26.50 $55,110
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 90 (7) $22.68 $47,180
Grain and Oilseed Milling 80 0.13 $22.61 $47,020
Warehousing and Storage 60 0.01 $20.57 $42,790
Elementary and Secondary Schools 250 (7) $20.32 $42,270


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)
California 10,030 0.60 1.14 $19.08 $39,690
Florida 10,020 1.19 2.26 $15.61 $32,460
Texas 6,680 0.56 1.07 $19.06 $39,630
Georgia 4,320 1.00 1.91 $16.97 $35,290
North Carolina 3,560 0.83 1.57 $16.24 $33,770




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)
Florida 10,020 1.19 2.26 $15.61 $32,460
Alabama 2,130 1.11 2.10 $17.04 $35,450
South Carolina 2,100 1.05 1.98 $15.65 $32,550
Georgia 4,320 1.00 1.91 $16.97 $35,290
Hawaii 600 0.95 1.81 $19.02 $39,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,210 0.34 0.65 $22.73 $47,280
Washington 1,030 0.32 0.61 $21.18 $44,050
District of Columbia 40 0.05 0.10 $21.07 $43,830
Nevada 560 0.43 0.81 $21.03 $43,740
Iowa 440 0.29 0.55 $20.31 $42,250



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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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,520 0.96 1.82 $16.90 $35,160
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,450 0.37 0.69 $17.95 $37,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,890 0.43 0.81 $19.41 $40,380
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,610 1.26 2.38 $17.36 $36,100
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,600 0.64 1.22 $21.37 $44,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,450 0.73 1.39 $19.05 $39,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,380 0.47 0.89 $18.72 $38,940
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,290 0.90 1.71 $15.96 $33,190
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,240 1.03 1.95 $14.82 $30,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.48 0.90 $19.92 $41,420


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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)
Punta Gorda, FL 230 4.87 9.24 $14.76 $30,710
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 190 2.61 4.95 $16.33 $33,980
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 740 2.55 4.83 $15.06 $31,330
Ocala, FL 240 2.44 4.63 $13.67 $28,430
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 350 2.19 4.16 $15.31 $31,850
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 100 2.05 3.89 $15.31 $31,850
Homosassa Springs, FL 60 1.93 3.66 $13.39 $27,840
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 490 1.91 3.63 $14.75 $30,680
Port St. Lucie, FL 250 1.74 3.31 $15.89 $33,050
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 330 1.71 3.24 $14.99 $31,170


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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)
Santa Rosa, CA 170 0.85 1.61 $25.59 $53,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 540 0.49 0.93 $24.74 $51,460
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.18 0.35 $24.04 $50,010
Killeen-Temple, TX 90 0.63 1.20 $22.98 $47,790
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 370 0.31 0.60 $22.95 $47,730
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 450 0.28 0.52 $22.86 $47,550
Clarksville, TN-KY (8) (8) (8) $22.84 $47,510
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 540 0.29 0.55 $22.77 $47,370
Reno, NV 90 0.42 0.80 $22.62 $47,050
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 60 0.49 0.94 $22.32 $46,430

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 0.89 1.68 $16.31 $33,920
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.71 1.35 $15.85 $32,960
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.45 2.75 $15.10 $31,420
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 0.71 1.34 $16.29 $33,880
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 160 1.10 2.08 $13.83 $28,780

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.84 3.48 $19.02 $39,560
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.45 2.75 $15.10 $31,420
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 130 1.37 2.59 $16.78 $34,910
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 80 1.24 2.36 $17.32 $36,020
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 140 1.23 2.33 $13.30 $27,660

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 Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.38 $26.73 $55,600
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 40 0.25 0.47 $20.65 $42,960
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.67 1.26 $20.53 $42,690
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.61 $40,790
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.18 $39,880


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018