Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
25,230 4.9 % $17.17 $35,720 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.12 $13.34 $16.22 $19.52 $24.53
Annual Wage (2) $23,130 $27,750 $33,740 $40,610 $51,030


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 14,010 0.68 $16.93 $35,210
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,340 1.03 $16.56 $34,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,320 0.06 $19.09 $39,700
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,730 0.52 $17.49 $36,380
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,010 1.35 $15.91 $33,100

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 1,010 1.35 $15.91 $33,100
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,340 1.03 $16.56 $34,450
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 14,010 0.68 $16.93 $35,210
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,730 0.52 $17.49 $36,380
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 160 0.10 $16.78 $34,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 120 0.01 $23.57 $49,020
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 40 0.07 $21.95 $45,660
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $21.45 $44,610
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,320 0.06 $19.09 $39,700
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 (7) $18.69 $38,870


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 3,090 0.19 1.08 $20.47 $42,570
Florida 2,610 0.32 1.76 $16.16 $33,610
Illinois 1,350 0.23 1.27 $18.98 $39,480
Iowa 1,170 0.76 4.25 $14.80 $30,780
Texas 1,160 0.10 0.55 $18.61 $38,710




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 580 1.38 7.69 $14.76 $30,710
Montana 470 1.03 5.75 $14.73 $30,640
Wyoming 220 0.78 4.35 $15.90 $33,080
Iowa 1,170 0.76 4.25 $14.80 $30,780
North Dakota 260 0.61 3.39 $17.55 $36,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine (8) (8) (8) $21.11 $43,910
California 3,090 0.19 1.08 $20.47 $42,570
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $20.01 $41,610
New Hampshire (8) (8) (8) $19.43 $40,420
Indiana 1,090 0.36 2.02 $19.31 $40,160





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 500 0.20 1.09 $16.60 $34,530
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 460 0.24 1.31 $16.75 $34,840
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 350 0.59 3.29 $14.82 $30,820
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 300 0.24 1.31 $17.41 $36,210
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 280 0.30 1.69 $19.84 $41,260
Bakersfield, CA 230 0.77 4.29 $14.20 $29,530
Jacksonville, FL 220 0.34 1.88 $14.40 $29,950
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 220 0.19 1.03 $16.20 $33,690
Billings, MT 200 2.32 12.89 $14.06 $29,250
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.18 1.01 $29.87 $62,130




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 200 2.32 12.89 $14.06 $29,250
Redding, CA 70 1.15 6.39 $19.30 $40,140
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 50 0.97 5.39 $17.18 $35,730
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 90 0.88 4.91 $17.97 $37,370
Merced, CA 50 0.79 4.38 $20.01 $41,610
Bakersfield, CA 230 0.77 4.29 $14.20 $29,530
Visalia-Porterville, CA 110 0.73 4.05 $16.99 $35,330
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 100 0.72 3.99 $16.28 $33,860
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 30 0.72 4.03 $18.16 $37,780
Logan, UT-ID 40 0.67 3.74 $16.74 $34,820




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 200 0.18 1.01 $29.87 $62,130
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $27.89 $58,020
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 70 0.18 1.02 $26.48 $55,080
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.18 $50,290
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.07 0.40 $23.84 $49,590
Stockton-Lodi, CA 60 0.26 1.46 $23.45 $48,770
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $22.89 $47,610
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.34 $46,460
Modesto, CA 90 0.51 2.83 $21.68 $45,090
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.10 0.54 $21.48 $44,670

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)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 300 2.26 12.55 $15.27 $31,760
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 250 1.79 9.95 $14.00 $29,120
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 240 1.03 5.76 $16.01 $33,310
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 220 0.88 4.91 $16.20 $33,710
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 3.02 16.78 $13.84 $28,790

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 3.02 16.78 $13.84 $28,790
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.44 13.59 $15.65 $32,550
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 300 2.26 12.55 $15.27 $31,760
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 250 1.79 9.95 $14.00 $29,120
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 1.48 8.23 $16.51 $34,340

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) $23.07 $47,980
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.70 3.87 $22.03 $45,820
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 2.90 $21.59 $44,910
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.24 $44,170
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 50 0.61 3.38 $20.50 $42,640


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017