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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation
Industry profile for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation
Geographic profile for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation

National estimates for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,820 4.1 % $ 19.47 $ 40,500 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.86 $ 16.15 $ 18.40 $ 22.23 $ 25.81
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,820 $ 33,580 $ 38,270 $ 46,240 $ 53,690


Industry profile for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 12,390 0.58 $ 19.81 $ 41,210
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 5,730 1.09 $ 19.19 $ 39,920
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,220 0.04 $ 19.87 $ 41,330
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,580 0.47 $ 17.76 $ 36,930
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 830 1.22 $ 20.48 $ 42,590

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 830 1.22 $ 20.48 $ 42,590
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 5,730 1.09 $ 19.19 $ 39,920
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 12,390 0.58 $ 19.81 $ 41,210
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,580 0.47 $ 17.76 $ 36,930
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 390 0.21 $ 19.58 $ 40,730

Top paying industries for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $ 29.60 $ 61,560
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 340 0.07 $ 27.30 $ 56,780
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 60 (7) $ 21.37 $ 44,450
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 830 1.22 $ 20.48 $ 42,590
Warehousing and Storage 120 0.01 $ 20.33 $ 42,280


Geographic profile for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 3,930 0.46 2.49 $ 17.84 $ 37,120
California 2,300 0.14 0.76 $ 20.97 $ 43,610
Illinois 1,410 0.25 1.37 $ 21.67 $ 45,070
Minnesota 1,180 0.43 2.35 $ 20.49 $ 42,630
Texas 1,020 0.08 0.46 $ 21.56 $ 44,850


Map of location quotient of pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 810 1.92 10.48 $ 18.36 $ 38,180
North Dakota 420 1.05 5.74 $ 20.45 $ 42,540
Montana 440 0.94 5.15 $ 18.33 $ 38,120
Idaho 570 0.76 4.13 $ 19.68 $ 40,930
Nebraska 600 0.62 3.39 $ 17.86 $ 37,140


Map of annual mean wages of pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 120 0.19 1.01 $ 25.04 $ 52,080
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $ 24.07 $ 50,060
New Jersey 110 0.03 0.16 $ 23.88 $ 49,680
Washington 630 0.20 1.07 $ 23.50 $ 48,870
Ohio 540 0.10 0.57 $ 22.94 $ 47,720



Map of employment of pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

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 1,060 0.43 2.36 $ 19.00 $ 39,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 440 0.24 1.32 $ 21.55 $ 44,830
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 430 0.37 2.02 $ 18.15 $ 37,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 410 0.07 0.39 $ 23.18 $ 48,220
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 400 0.31 1.71 $ 18.04 $ 37,530
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 390 0.39 2.10 $ 14.62 $ 30,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 320 0.12 0.67 $ 20.48 $ 42,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 310 0.07 0.40 $ 21.23 $ 44,150
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 300 1.04 5.66 $ 16.72 $ 34,770
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 290 0.03 0.18 $ 21.70 $ 45,130


Map of location quotient of pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 230 1.60 8.72 $ 18.40 $ 38,260
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 60 1.25 6.81 $ 16.42 $ 34,160
Salinas, CA 200 1.16 6.30 $ 18.05 $ 37,540
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 300 1.04 5.66 $ 16.72 $ 34,770
Sioux Falls, SD 150 0.99 5.40 $ 18.34 $ 38,150
Billings, MT 80 0.96 5.22 $ 18.91 $ 39,330
Ocala, FL 100 0.92 5.02 $ 15.36 $ 31,940
Punta Gorda, FL 40 0.87 4.77 $ 16.72 $ 34,770
Coeur d'Alene, ID 60 0.86 4.68 $ 18.83 $ 39,160
Boise City, ID 280 0.82 4.48 $ 20.02 $ 41,640


Map of annual mean wages of pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators, vegetation by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 28.44 $ 59,160
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 190 0.08 0.46 $ 26.30 $ 54,710
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 25.92 $ 53,920
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (8) (8) (8) $ 25.48 $ 52,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 200 0.07 0.38 $ 24.67 $ 51,310
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.13 0.68 $ 24.49 $ 50,930
Toledo, OH 40 0.14 0.76 $ 24.46 $ 50,890
Columbus, OH (8) (8) (8) $ 24.41 $ 50,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 0.37 $ 23.67 $ 49,230
Austin-Round Rock, TX 100 0.10 0.52 $ 23.25 $ 48,350

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 420 3.31 18.08 $ 18.70 $ 38,900
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.32 12.63 $ 19.84 $ 41,270
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 260 1.05 5.71 $ 18.89 $ 39,290
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 250 1.75 9.57 $ 17.85 $ 37,130
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 210 1.30 7.11 $ 18.75 $ 38,990

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 420 3.31 18.08 $ 18.70 $ 38,900
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 2.98 16.28 $ 17.55 $ 36,490
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 2.35 12.84 $ 21.96 $ 45,680
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 270 2.32 12.63 $ 19.84 $ 41,270
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 250 1.75 9.57 $ 17.85 $ 37,130

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 26.45 $ 55,010
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.19 $ 24.28 $ 50,510
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 2.60 $ 22.76 $ 47,350
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 0.97 5.30 $ 22.41 $ 46,610
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 2.56 $ 22.39 $ 46,560


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.

(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 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