Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
24,200 4.7 % $16.62 $34,570 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.93 $12.97 $15.64 $18.78 $23.49
Annual Wage (2) $22,720 $26,990 $32,540 $39,060 $48,860


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 12,370 0.61 $16.54 $34,410
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,920 0.07 $17.87 $37,170
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,320 1.02 $15.86 $32,980
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,810 0.55 $16.70 $34,740
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,040 1.37 $15.48 $32,200

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 1,040 1.37 $15.48 $32,200
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,320 1.02 $15.86 $32,980
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 12,370 0.61 $16.54 $34,410
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,810 0.55 $16.70 $34,740
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 220 0.14 $16.15 $33,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $27.36 $56,910
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $21.70 $45,130
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 30 0.07 $21.29 $44,280
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $18.62 $38,730
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,920 0.07 $17.87 $37,170


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 2,890 0.19 1.06 $19.87 $41,320
Florida 2,520 0.32 1.81 $15.87 $33,020
Texas 1,360 0.12 0.67 $17.31 $36,010
Iowa 1,180 0.78 4.42 $14.47 $30,100
Illinois 1,030 0.18 1.00 $20.16 $41,920



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 700 1.70 9.71 $14.58 $30,320
Montana 460 1.02 5.81 $14.06 $29,240
Wyoming 230 0.81 4.62 $14.44 $30,040
Iowa 1,180 0.78 4.42 $14.47 $30,100
North Dakota 220 0.49 2.76 $17.95 $37,330



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) $20.39 $42,420
Illinois 1,030 0.18 1.00 $20.16 $41,920
California 2,890 0.19 1.06 $19.87 $41,320
Hawaii 60 0.10 0.59 $19.28 $40,110
Connecticut 130 0.08 0.43 $18.57 $38,630




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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 400 0.22 1.23 $16.21 $33,720
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 390 0.16 0.90 $15.22 $31,660
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 280 0.47 2.69 $15.59 $32,430
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 260 0.21 1.21 $15.91 $33,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 0.63 $15.79 $32,850
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 220 0.28 1.60 $17.51 $36,420
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 220 0.38 2.18 $14.01 $29,140
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 220 0.19 1.10 $16.07 $33,430
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.18 1.03 $30.12 $62,660
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.29 $28.62 $59,530



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)
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 50 1.06 6.02 $16.29 $33,890
Homosassa Springs, FL 30 1.05 5.99 $13.86 $28,840
Merced, CA 70 1.02 5.81 $19.02 $39,550
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 110 0.85 4.83 $14.81 $30,800
Lima, OH 40 0.76 4.30 $17.11 $35,580
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 30 0.71 4.07 $17.63 $36,660
Visalia-Porterville, CA 90 0.66 3.76 $16.73 $34,810
Sioux Falls, SD 100 0.66 3.79 $15.55 $32,350
Napa, CA 50 0.66 3.76 $16.29 $33,880
Janesville-Beloit, WI 40 0.65 3.73 $17.37 $36,140



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 190 0.18 1.03 $30.12 $62,660
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 0.29 $28.62 $59,530
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $27.33 $56,860
Hanford-Corcoran, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.65 $51,280
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.41 $23.41 $48,700
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.90 $47,640
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.87 $47,570
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $22.43 $46,650
Stockton-Lodi, CA 80 0.38 2.16 $21.14 $43,960
Modesto, CA 80 0.48 2.76 $21.04 $43,760

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 380 2.88 16.41 $14.59 $30,360
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 300 1.21 6.88 $15.93 $33,130
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 200 3.36 19.15 $14.07 $29,270
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 180 0.78 4.47 $14.04 $29,200
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 180 0.54 3.06 $14.56 $30,280

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 200 3.36 19.15 $14.07 $29,270
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 380 2.88 16.41 $14.59 $30,360
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 2.35 13.38 $15.85 $32,970
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 2.07 11.80 $15.17 $31,550
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 150 1.76 10.03 $14.61 $30,380

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.63 3.61 $24.23 $50,400
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.16 $46,100
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.59 3.39 $21.30 $44,300
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.92 $43,520
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.79 $43,250


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016