Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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. Exclude "Commercial Pilots" (53-2012) who operate aviation equipment to dust or spray crops.

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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)
22,000 3.3 % $12.48 $25,960 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.90 $9.74 $11.94 $14.58 $17.61
Annual Wage (2) $16,430 $20,260 $24,830 $30,320 $36,630

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 15,310 $12.99 $27,020 1 11
Support activities for crop production 2,160 $10.56 $21,960 2 19
Local government (OES designation) 920 $12.82 $26,670 3 12
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 760 $11.87 $24,680 4 15
Traveler accommodation 310 $7.51 $15,630 5 23

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing 40 $16.95 $35,260 16 1
Warehousing and storage 30 $15.70 $32,660 19 2
Elementary and secondary schools 40 $15.59 $32,440 14 3
Beverage manufacturing 110 $15.21 $31,630 11 4
Grain and oilseed milling 60 $14.97 $31,130 13 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
South Dakota 240 $11.72 $24,370 0.066% 307
Idaho 360 $11.36 $23,620 0.064% 382
Kansas 630 $11.08 $23,040 0.048% 476
North Dakota 110 $10.87 $22,610 0.035% 366
Indiana 1,010 $13.02 $27,080 0.035% 463

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 890 $17.03 $35,420 0.011% 395
Delaware 70 $15.24 $31,690 0.017% 288
New Jersey 660 $15.14 $31,490 0.017% 456
Hawaii 70 $14.90 $30,990 0.013% 320
Massachusetts 470 $14.64 $30,460 0.015% 467

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
Jonesboro, AR MSA 40 $10.03 $20,860 0.100%
Merced, CA MSA 60 $11.74 $24,410 0.099%
Bloomington, IN MSA 50 $10.50 $21,850 0.084%
Cheyenne, WY MSA 30 $9.49 $19,730 0.080%
Columbia, MO MSA 60 $10.98 $22,840 0.078%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 300 $23.30 $48,450 0.025%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 40 $18.57 $38,630 0.004%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 70 $16.78 $34,900 0.008%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 110 $16.33 $33,970 0.018%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 50 $16.02 $33,320 0.075%

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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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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