|Quick Facts: Pest Control Workers|
$37,540 per year
$18.05 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|7% (As fast as average)|
Pest control workers remove insects, rodents, and other pests that infest buildings and surrounding areas.
Pest control workers often kneel, bend, and crawl in tight spaces to inspect sites. Because there are health risks associated with pesticide use, workers are trained in pesticide safety and typically wear protective gear, which may include gloves, goggles, and respirators. Most pest control workers are employed full time. Working evenings and weekends is common.
Pest control workers typically need a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training. State laws require pest control workers to be licensed.
The median annual wage for pest control workers was $37,540 in May 2021.
Employment of pest control workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 13,300 openings for pest control workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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