Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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 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)
62,490 2.0 % $15.62 $32,480 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.78 $12.00 $14.59 $18.20 $22.56
Annual Wage (2) $20,340 $24,960 $30,340 $37,850 $46,930


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 59,390 3.36 $15.52 $32,290
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,020 0.02 $17.84 $37,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 260 0.01 $24.83 $51,650
Elementary and Secondary Schools 220 0.00 $13.63 $28,350
Employment Services 210 0.01 $14.22 $29,580

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 59,390 3.36 $15.52 $32,290
Grain and Oilseed Milling 50 0.09 $17.43 $36,260
Animal Food Manufacturing 40 0.09 $15.58 $32,400
Other Food Manufacturing 40 0.03 $17.34 $36,070
Facilities Support Services 30 0.02 $17.17 $35,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 260 0.01 $24.83 $51,650
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 50 0.02 $19.63 $40,830
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 30 0.02 $18.42 $38,310
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,020 0.02 $17.84 $37,100
Grain and Oilseed Milling 50 0.09 $17.43 $36,260


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 8,800 0.63 1.28 $16.96 $35,270
Florida 8,720 1.23 2.50 $13.57 $28,230
Texas 4,760 0.47 0.96 $17.30 $35,990
Georgia 3,280 0.88 1.78 $15.26 $31,740
New York 2,620 0.31 0.64 $16.09 $33,470




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)
Florida 8,720 1.23 2.50 $13.57 $28,230
Alabama 1,860 1.03 2.10 $13.38 $27,820
South Carolina 1,670 0.96 1.95 $13.95 $29,020
Georgia 3,280 0.88 1.78 $15.26 $31,740
Arkansas 930 0.82 1.66 $12.98 $27,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 60 0.22 0.45 $21.85 $45,450
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.11 $21.82 $45,380
Massachusetts 860 0.27 0.56 $19.11 $39,740
Washington 560 0.21 0.43 $18.77 $39,040
Maine 130 0.22 0.46 $18.23 $37,920

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,990 0.52 1.06 $15.16 $31,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,860 0.84 1.72 $16.55 $34,430
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.34 0.70 $17.29 $35,950
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 1,210 1.26 2.56 $14.92 $31,030
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,130 1.04 2.11 $14.04 $29,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,090 0.65 1.32 $18.36 $38,180
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.54 1.09 (8) (8)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,020 0.82 1.67 $16.72 $34,780
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 970 0.39 0.79 $14.97 $31,130
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 950 0.69 1.41 $17.37 $36,120




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)
Punta Gorda, FL 100 2.69 5.48 $16.64 $34,600
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 540 2.27 4.61 $12.94 $26,920
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 320 2.14 4.36 $12.95 $26,940
Decatur, AL 110 2.12 4.31 $12.66 $26,340
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 400 2.05 4.18 $13.43 $27,930
Ocala, FL 180 2.05 4.17 $12.99 $27,020
Valdosta, GA 90 1.85 3.77 $13.71 $28,510
Danville, IL 50 1.70 3.47 $14.57 $30,310
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 70 1.69 3.45 $16.52 $34,360
Port St. Lucie, FL 190 1.63 3.31 $14.00 $29,120




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)
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ (8) (8) (8) $22.38 $46,560
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 280 0.51 1.04 $21.00 $43,680
Eugene-Springfield, OR 40 0.30 0.61 $20.71 $43,080
Colorado Springs, CO 50 0.22 0.45 $20.65 $42,950
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 260 0.20 0.40 $20.52 $42,670
Lancaster, PA 60 0.28 0.57 $20.40 $42,420
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 70 0.80 1.64 $20.30 $42,220
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 460 0.53 1.09 $20.27 $42,160
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 220 0.76 1.54 $20.03 $41,660
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 450 0.27 0.55 $20.01 $41,630

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)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 270 2.47 5.02 $15.64 $32,540
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 240 1.75 3.57 $10.29 $21,400
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.56 3.17 $13.92 $28,960
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 190 1.07 2.17 $15.04 $31,280
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 0.62 1.27 $12.60 $26,210

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)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 270 2.47 5.02 $15.64 $32,540
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 240 1.75 3.57 $10.29 $21,400
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 200 1.56 3.17 $13.92 $28,960
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 1.52 3.09 $15.97 $33,220
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.46 2.96 $14.15 $29,430

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.73 1.48 $24.43 $50,810
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.72 $41,020
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 0.76 $18.45 $38,380
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 0.95 1.94 $17.97 $37,380
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.14 $17.50 $36,390


About May 2010 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 mean 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011