Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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
State 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)
58,500 1.9 % $12.75 $26,510 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.63 $9.53 $12.01 $15.25 $19.05
Annual Wage (2) $15,880 $19,820 $24,990 $31,720 $39,620

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 55,770 $12.68 $26,380 1 6
Local government (OES designation) 1,070 $14.25 $29,630 2 4
Federal government (OES designation) 300 $20.49 $42,610 3 1
Employment services 190 $11.18 $23,260 4 9
Colleges and universities 120 $12.64 $26,300 5 7

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 300 $20.49 $42,610 3 1
State government (OES designation) 110 $20.10 $41,800 7 2
Elementary and secondary schools 120 $16.09 $33,470 6 3
Local government (OES designation) 1,070 $14.25 $29,630 2 4
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers (6) $13.99 $29,100 (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 8,270 $11.59 $24,110 0.115% 556
Louisiana 1,970 $10.12 $21,040 0.107% 559
Alabama 1,930 $11.19 $23,280 0.106% 521
Hawaii 490 $13.11 $27,270 0.089% 375
Arkansas 1,000 $10.30 $21,420 0.089% 498

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 60 $20.85 $43,370 0.010% 235
Massachusetts 850 $15.50 $32,250 0.027% 473
New Hampshire 120 $15.29 $31,810 0.020% 332
Washington 420 $14.98 $31,150 0.016% 509
New York 2,070 $14.73 $30,640 0.025% 507

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 140 $10.29 $21,390 0.345%
Ocala, FL MSA 180 $12.61 $26,230 0.216%
Decatur, AL MSA 110 $11.38 $23,660 0.207%
Daytona Beach, FL MSA 320 $11.30 $23,500 0.195%
Alexandria, LA MSA 100 $10.74 $22,340 0.184%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Columbus, OH MSA 170 $22.87 $47,560 0.020%
Austin-San Marcos, TX MSA 330 $19.10 $39,720 0.051%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 50 $18.66 $38,810 0.076%
San Antonio, TX 360 $18.53 $38,540 0.051%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 40 $18.34 $38,140 0.021%

About May 2003 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) 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 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: May 7, 2004

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