|Quick Facts: Pest Control Workers|
$34,370 per year
$16.52 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|8% (As fast as average)|
Pest control workers remove unwanted pests, such as roaches, rats, ants, bedbugs, mosquitoes, ticks and termites that infest buildings and surrounding areas.
Pest control workers must travel to a client’s home or business. Workers often kneel, bend, and crawl into tight spaces to inspect sites. Because there are health risks associated with pesticide use, workers are trained in pesticide safety and, if required by the product label, sometimes wear protective gear, including respirators, gloves, and goggles. Working evenings and weekends is common.
State laws require pest control workers to be licensed. Most workers need a high school diploma and receive moderate on-the-job training.
The median annual wage for pest control workers was $34,370 in May 2017.
Employment of pest control workers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be good because of the limited number of people seeking work in pest control and the need to replace workers who leave this occupation.
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