Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
61,380 1.6 % $15.47 $32,190 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.39 $11.84 $14.45 $18.38 $22.97
Annual Wage (2) $19,540 $24,620 $30,060 $38,240 $47,770


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 58,190 3.15 $15.33 $31,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,020 0.02 $18.06 $37,560
Employment Services 270 0.01 $15.72 $32,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 240 0.01 $25.17 $52,350
Elementary and Secondary Schools 160 0.00 $17.99 $37,420

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 58,190 3.15 $15.33 $31,890
Grain and Oilseed Milling 70 0.12 $15.52 $32,280
Animal Food Manufacturing 50 0.09 $17.52 $36,450
Facilities Support Services 50 0.04 $19.72 $41,020
Other Food Manufacturing 40 0.03 $18.64 $38,770

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) 240 0.01 $25.17 $52,350
State Government (OES Designation) 70 (7) $20.03 $41,650
Facilities Support Services 50 0.04 $19.72 $41,020
Other Food Manufacturing 40 0.03 $18.64 $38,770
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,020 0.02 $18.06 $37,560


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 8,570 0.60 1.27 $16.13 $33,540
Florida 7,530 1.04 2.20 $14.34 $29,820
Texas 4,570 0.43 0.92 $14.75 $30,670
Georgia 3,210 0.84 1.79 $13.56 $28,200
New York 2,780 0.33 0.69 $17.20 $35,770




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 7,530 1.04 2.20 $14.34 $29,820
South Carolina 1,810 1.01 2.14 $13.71 $28,520
Alabama 1,840 1.01 2.14 $12.82 $26,660
Arkansas 980 0.85 1.80 $13.06 $27,160
Georgia 3,210 0.84 1.79 $13.56 $28,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 900 0.28 0.60 $20.16 $41,940
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.13 $19.86 $41,310
Wyoming 50 0.16 0.35 $19.72 $41,020
Washington 640 0.23 0.49 $19.66 $40,890
Montana 40 0.10 0.22 $19.40 $40,360





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 2,230 0.58 1.22 $14.96 $31,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,740 0.34 0.71 $18.89 $39,300
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,710 0.76 1.61 $12.92 $26,870
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,410 0.82 1.73 $16.05 $33,380
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.36 0.77 $15.52 $32,270
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,170 1.15 2.45 $14.82 $30,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.45 0.96 $18.21 $37,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,040 0.39 0.84 $12.59 $26,190
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 960 0.76 1.62 $18.51 $38,500
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 940 0.83 1.76 $14.45 $30,060




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 2.45 5.21 $16.33 $33,980
Ocala, FL 180 2.02 4.29 $14.51 $30,180
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 90 1.94 4.13 $15.60 $32,450
Brunswick, GA 70 1.79 3.80 $16.29 $33,890
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 260 1.74 3.69 $14.12 $29,370
Port St. Lucie, FL 210 1.71 3.64 $14.44 $30,030
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 130 1.70 3.61 $15.82 $32,910
Palm Coast, FL 30 1.69 3.58 $12.77 $26,560
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 60 1.67 3.55 $16.17 $33,630
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 380 1.60 3.41 $12.86 $26,760