Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 botanical crops. Usually requires specific training and State or Federal certification. Excludes "Commercial Pilots" (53-2012) who dust or spray crops from aircraft.


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)
25,900 4.7 % $17.97 $37,370 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.32 $13.66 $16.74 $20.36 $25.90
Annual Wage (2) $23,550 $28,410 $34,830 $42,340 $53,860


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 14,180 0.67 $17.66 $36,740
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 3,680 0.68 $17.15 $35,680
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,270 0.06 $20.19 $42,000
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,770 0.51 $18.58 $38,650
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,100 1.51 $16.75 $34,840

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 1,100 1.51 $16.75 $34,840
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 3,680 0.68 $17.15 $35,680
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 14,180 0.67 $17.66 $36,740
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,770 0.51 $18.58 $38,650
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 230 0.14 $16.82 $34,990

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) 60 (7) $31.35 $65,210
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly (8) (8) $21.23 $44,160
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,270 0.06 $20.19 $42,000
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $19.56 $40,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) $19.02 $39,570


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 2,760 0.33 1.81 $15.66 $32,580
California 2,720 0.16 0.90 $24.26 $50,460
Illinois 1,480 0.25 1.38 $18.04 $37,520
Iowa 1,220 0.79 4.37 $17.12 $35,620
Indiana 1,200 0.40 2.19 $20.34 $42,300




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 610 1.46 8.05 $15.74 $32,740
Montana 550 1.19 6.54 $15.79 $32,840
North Dakota 390 0.93 5.14 $18.08 $37,600
Wyoming 210 0.79 4.38 $16.70 $34,740
Iowa 1,220 0.79 4.37 $17.12 $35,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,720 0.16 0.90 $24.26 $50,460
Oregon 220 0.12 0.67 $21.72 $45,180
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $20.66 $42,980
Indiana 1,200 0.40 2.19 $20.34 $42,300
New Hampshire (8) (8) (8) $19.97 $41,530



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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)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 540 0.45 2.47 $14.05 $29,230
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 390 0.65 3.60 $16.14 $33,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 390 0.15 0.82 $17.68 $36,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.08 0.43 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 330 0.17 0.92 $17.95 $37,330
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 290 0.30 1.65 $20.61 $42,880
Columbus, OH 290 0.27 1.51 $15.20 $31,610
Billings, MT 210 2.39 13.16 $14.71 $30,600
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.16 0.86 $33.54 $69,770
Bakersfield, CA 170 0.57 3.12 $15.84 $32,940


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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)
Billings, MT 210 2.39 13.16 $14.71 $30,600
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 80 0.77 4.26 $16.70 $34,730
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 160 0.71 3.92 $16.77 $34,890
Redding, CA 40 0.67 3.67 $19.68 $40,930
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 390 0.65 3.60 $16.14 $33,570
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.63 3.48 $16.87 $35,080
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 30 0.61 3.35 $17.64 $36,690
Rapid City, SD 40 0.60 3.31 $17.59 $36,590
Bakersfield, CA 170 0.57 3.12 $15.84 $32,940
Merced, CA 40 0.53 2.94 $23.35 $48,560


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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)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.16 0.86 $33.54 $69,770
Stockton-Lodi, CA 80 0.33 1.82 $27.12 $56,420
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 60 0.04 0.22 $27.01 $56,180
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $26.34 $54,780
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.27 $25.27 $52,560
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.32 $50,580
Merced, CA 40 0.53 2.94 $23.35 $48,560
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $23.26 $48,380
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $23.21 $48,280
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $23.00 $47,850

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 330 2.44 13.41 $16.91 $35,180
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 2.41 13.25 $15.97 $33,210
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 220 0.97 5.36 $17.41 $36,220
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 210 1.23 6.79 $17.10 $35,570
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 2.95 16.25 $15.02 $31,240

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)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 2.95 16.25 $15.02 $31,240
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 2.89 15.90 $17.37 $36,130
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 330 2.44 13.41 $16.91 $35,180
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 2.41 13.25 $15.97 $33,210
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 2.15 11.86 $16.72 $34,780

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)
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.98 $54,030
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 2.99 $21.82 $45,390
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.35 7.46 $21.69 $45,110
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.68 $45,100
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.45 $44,610


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