Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

37-2021 Pest Control Workers

Spray or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill pests and vermin, such as mice, termites, and roaches, that infest buildings and surrounding areas.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
57,370 1.8 % $12.58 $26,180 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.53 $9.46 $11.90 $14.93 $18.63
Annual Wage (2) $15,670 $19,680 $24,760 $31,060 $38,750

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Services to buildings and dwellings 54,470 $12.52 $26,040 1 7
Local government (OES designation) 940 $15.87 $33,020 2 3
Federal government (OES designation) 310 $20.10 $41,820 3 1
Employment services 220 $10.45 $21,750 4 9
Colleges and universities 120 $13.35 $27,760 5 6

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 310 $20.10 $41,820 3 1
State government (OES designation) 110 $19.89 $41,370 7 2
Local government (OES designation) 940 $15.87 $33,020 2 3
Elementary and secondary schools 120 $15.29 $31,800 6 4
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers (6) $13.97 $29,060 (6) 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Florida 8,100 $11.40 $23,720 0.114% 526
Alabama 1,800 $11.28 $23,470 0.099% 477
Louisiana 1,730 $9.94 $20,670 0.094% 525
Arkansas 940 $9.99 $20,790 0.084% 477
Hawaii 440 $12.85 $26,730 0.080% 366

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 70 $19.56 $40,690 0.012% 239
Massachusetts 760 $15.25 $31,730 0.024% 443
Washington 430 $14.85 $30,900 0.017% 458
Ohio 1,210 $14.56 $30,280 0.023% 419
Oregon 290 $14.39 $29,930 0.019% 398

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 130 $10.33 $21,500 0.316%
Monroe, LA MSA 190 $8.13 $16,920 0.264%
Roanoke, VA MSA 320 $8.96 $18,650 0.230%
Ocala, FL MSA 170 $12.43 $25,850 0.204%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 350 $11.08 $23,040 0.195%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Columbus, OH MSA 210 $20.60 $42,860 0.025%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 40 $18.81 $39,120 0.060%
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA (6) $18.79 $39,090 (6)
Lancaster, PA MSA (6) $17.99 $37,420 (6)
Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR MSA 30 $17.64 $36,690 0.059%

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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