Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
23,450 3.9 % $12.60 $26,210 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.36 $10.03 $12.25 $14.84 $17.50
Annual Wage (2) $17,390 $20,850 $25,490 $30,870 $36,400

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 16,960 $13.01 $27,060 1 7
Local government (OES designation) 1,120 $13.02 $27,090 2 6
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 870 $12.03 $25,020 3 12
Lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores 290 $10.94 $22,750 4 16
Farm product raw material merch. whls. 180 $12.58 $26,170 5 8

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 50 $16.40 $34,110 11 1
Grain and oilseed milling 60 $15.10 $31,410 10 2
State government (OES designation) 160 $14.72 $30,620 7 3
Animal slaughtering and processing 50 $14.09 $29,310 12 4
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 50 $13.97 $29,060 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 290 $11.98 $24,910 0.082% 295
Idaho 360 $12.02 $25,000 0.064% 416
Delaware 240 $12.40 $25,800 0.060% 395
Indiana 1,380 $14.88 $30,950 0.048% 418
Kansas 590 $10.83 $22,540 0.045% 535

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Hawaii 60 $15.70 $32,650 0.011% 310
New Jersey 660 $15.32 $31,860 0.017% 476
New York 820 $14.89 $30,960 0.010% 505
Indiana 1,380 $14.88 $30,950 0.048% 418
Washington 540 $14.14 $29,420 0.021% 545

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
Merced, CA MSA 80 $11.84 $24,630 0.135%
Cedar Rapids, IA MSA 130 $9.66 $20,090 0.112%
Rapid City, SD MSA 50 $11.30 $23,510 0.104%
Bloomington, IN MSA 60 $9.84 $20,460 0.101%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 150 $13.02 $27,070 0.075%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 150 $17.11 $35,590 0.013%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 40 $17.03 $35,430 0.021%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA (6) $16.13 $33,560 (6)
Indianapolis, IN MSA 600 $16.04 $33,360 0.070%
Newark, NJ PMSA (6) $15.88 $33,020 (6)

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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