Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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)
23,040 4.3 % $12.71 $26,450 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.40 $10.14 $12.38 $14.95 $17.64
Annual Wage (2) $17,470 $21,080 $25,750 $31,090 $36,690

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Services to buildings and dwellings 16,880 $13.05 $27,150
Support activities for crop production 1,850 $10.24 $21,310
Local government (OES designation) 1,360 $13.09 $27,220
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 730 $12.79 $26,610
Lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores 260 $10.90 $22,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Beverage manufacturing (7) $17.00 $35,350
Elementary and secondary schools 50 $16.43 $34,180
Grain and oilseed milling 30 $15.18 $31,570
State government (OES designation) 140 $14.69 $30,560
Local government (OES designation) 1,360 $13.09 $27,220

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
South Dakota 310 $11.88 $24,700 0.085%
Idaho 400 $12.64 $26,300 0.071%
Wyoming 120 $10.62 $22,080 0.050%
Indiana 1,390 $15.01 $31,230 0.049%
Florida 2,360 $12.22 $25,410 0.033%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 60 $15.21 $31,630 0.011%
Indiana 1,390 $15.01 $31,230 0.049%
Rhode Island (7) $14.46 $30,090 (7)
New York 920 $14.43 $30,010 0.011%
Kentucky 160 $14.29 $29,720 0.009%

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
Rapid City, SD MSA 50 $11.58 $24,080 0.102%
Indianapolis, IN MSA 620 $16.20 $33,690 0.073%
Fort Pierce-Port St. Lucie, FL MSA 70 $9.51 $19,780 0.063%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 40 $12.25 $25,470 0.050%
Wichita, KS MSA 130 $10.40 $21,620 0.048%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 40 $17.19 $35,750 0.021%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 160 $16.79 $34,920 0.013%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 60 $16.39 $34,080 0.007%
Indianapolis, IN MSA 620 $16.20 $33,690 0.073%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 30 $16.14 $33,570 0.005%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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