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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
85,370 1.0 % $ 19.54 $ 40,640 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pest Control Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.76 $ 14.67 $ 18.05 $ 22.45 $ 28.20
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,620 $ 30,520 $ 37,540 $ 46,700 $ 58,660


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 81,980 3.81 $ 19.42 $ 40,390
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,540 0.03 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises 290 0.01 $ 19.93 $ 41,440
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 260 0.01 $ 28.93 $ 60,180
Employment Services 220 0.01 $ 14.51 $ 30,170

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 81,980 3.81 $ 19.42 $ 40,390
Facilities Support Services 50 0.03 $ 24.27 $ 50,470
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,540 0.03 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises 290 0.01 $ 19.93 $ 41,440
Employment Services 220 0.01 $ 14.51 $ 30,170

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 $ 28.93 $ 60,180
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 120 0.01 $ 24.83 $ 51,640
Facilities Support Services 50 0.03 $ 24.27 $ 50,470
Elementary and Secondary Schools 190 (7) $ 23.62 $ 49,140
Warehousing and Storage 40 (7) $ 23.14 $ 48,120


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.



Map of employment of pest control workers by state, May 2021


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 10,540 0.64 1.05 $ 21.08 $ 43,850
Florida 9,850 1.14 1.89 $ 18.60 $ 38,680
Texas 7,480 0.61 1.01 $ 18.92 $ 39,350
Georgia 4,900 1.12 1.85 $ 18.48 $ 38,440
North Carolina 3,910 0.88 1.46 $ 17.75 $ 36,920


Map of location quotient of pest control workers by state, May 2021


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 2,400 1.24 2.05 $ 17.85 $ 37,130
Florida 9,850 1.14 1.89 $ 18.60 $ 38,680
South Carolina 2,340 1.13 1.87 $ 17.01 $ 35,380
Georgia 4,900 1.12 1.85 $ 18.48 $ 38,440
Arizona 3,050 1.06 1.75 $ 21.05 $ 43,780


Map of annual mean wages of pest control workers by state, May 2021


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 1,360 0.42 0.70 $ 25.59 $ 53,240
Minnesota 560 0.20 0.34 $ 25.16 $ 52,330
Montana 90 0.18 0.30 $ 24.32 $ 50,590
Massachusetts 1,380 0.41 0.67 $ 23.96 $ 49,830
District of Columbia 60 0.08 0.14 $ 23.48 $ 48,840



Map of employment of pest control workers by area, May 2021


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 4,310 0.50 0.82 $ 21.35 $ 44,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,010 1.16 1.92 $ 19.00 $ 39,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,740 0.48 0.79 $ 20.91 $ 43,490
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,200 0.61 1.01 $ 19.76 $ 41,090
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,180 0.89 1.47 $ 18.80 $ 39,100
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,180 1.03 1.70 $ 21.37 $ 44,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,580 0.54 0.89 $ 21.60 $ 44,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,570 0.54 0.90 $ 19.30 $ 40,130
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,450 1.12 1.85 $ 18.71 $ 38,910
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,370 0.32 0.54 $ 19.05 $ 39,630


Map of location quotient of pest control workers by area, May 2021


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)
Punta Gorda, FL 140 2.94 4.86 $ 18.94 $ 39,390
Homosassa Springs, FL 90 2.77 4.57 $ 17.55 $ 36,510
Brunswick, GA 90 2.29 3.79 $ 17.56 $ 36,510
Madera, CA 110 2.28 3.76 $ 19.43 $ 40,410
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 660 2.26 3.73 $ 19.10 $ 39,720
Auburn-Opelika, AL 130 2.22 3.66 $ 17.00 $ 35,350
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 340 2.08 3.43 $ 16.68 $ 34,700
Ocala, FL 220 2.06 3.40 $ 17.61 $ 36,630
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 150 1.97 3.24 $ 18.50 $ 38,480
Athens-Clarke County, GA 170 1.96 3.24 $ 16.80 $ 34,940


Map of annual mean wages of pest control workers by area, May 2021


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)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 690 0.36 0.60 $ 28.10 $ 58,450
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 390 0.38 0.63 $ 27.88 $ 57,980
Santa Rosa, CA 180 0.92 1.52 $ 26.03 $ 54,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 460 0.25 0.42 $ 25.58 $ 53,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 560 0.53 0.87 $ 24.72 $ 51,410
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,040 0.40 0.67 $ 24.59 $ 51,140
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.25 0.41 $ 23.31 $ 48,480
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 860 0.38 0.63 $ 23.24 $ 48,330
Portland-South Portland, ME 80 0.42 0.70 $ 23.19 $ 48,240
Barnstable Town, MA 70 0.72 1.19 $ 23.14 $ 48,130

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 1.47 2.43 $ 16.93 $ 35,210
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 270 1.09 1.80 $ 15.83 $ 32,930
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.62 2.67 $ 18.00 $ 37,430
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.54 0.89 $ 16.97 $ 35,290
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 190 1.33 2.19 $ 16.19 $ 33,670

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)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 190 2.11 3.48 $ 20.57 $ 42,780
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.91 3.15 $ 22.21 $ 46,200
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 1.71 2.82 $ 16.81 $ 34,960
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.62 2.67 $ 18.00 $ 37,430
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 350 1.47 2.43 $ 16.93 $ 35,210

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 0.68 $ 29.43 $ 61,210
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 0.76 $ 23.80 $ 49,510
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.91 3.15 $ 22.21 $ 46,200
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 0.69 1.13 $ 21.39 $ 44,490
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 0.83 $ 21.24 $ 44,170


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022