Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

37-2021 Pest Control Workers

Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
62,270 1.8 % $15.65 $32,550 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.60 $11.94 $14.53 $18.30 $22.83
Annual Wage (2) $19,960 $24,840 $30,220 $38,060 $47,490


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 59,000 3.30 $15.51 $32,260
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,000 0.02 $17.44 $36,280
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 270 0.01 $24.91 $51,820
Employment Services 270 0.01 $14.47 $30,090
Elementary and Secondary Schools 140 0.00 $17.69 $36,800

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 59,000 3.30 $15.51 $32,260
Grain and Oilseed Milling 70 0.12 $15.44 $32,120
Amusement Parks and Arcades 130 0.08 $20.23 $42,080
Animal Food Manufacturing 30 0.06 $19.57 $40,710
Facilities Support Services 40 0.03 $19.58 $40,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 270 0.01 $24.91 $51,820
Amusement Parks and Arcades 130 0.08 $20.23 $42,080
Facilities Support Services 40 0.03 $19.58 $40,720
Animal Food Manufacturing 30 0.06 $19.57 $40,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $19.49 $40,530


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,310 0.59 1.22 $17.05 $35,470
Florida 7,980 1.12 2.30 $14.31 $29,760
Texas 4,870 0.47 0.97 $16.72 $34,780
Georgia 3,220 0.85 1.75 $13.61 $28,310
New York 2,800 0.33 0.68 $17.06 $35,480




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 7,980 1.12 2.30 $14.31 $29,760
Alabama 1,830 1.01 2.08 $13.34 $27,740
South Carolina 1,720 0.97 2.00 $13.82 $28,740
Georgia 3,220 0.85 1.75 $13.61 $28,310
Arkansas 960 0.85 1.74 $12.98 $27,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.13 $23.22 $48,300
Wyoming 50 0.19 0.39 $20.36 $42,350
Massachusetts 950 0.30 0.62 $19.67 $40,920
Washington 630 0.23 0.48 $19.38 $40,310
Colorado 610 0.28 0.57 $19.14 $39,800





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,030 0.53 1.10 $15.19 $31,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,860 0.37 0.76 $18.48 $38,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,770 0.79 1.64 $13.31 $27,680
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.40 0.82 $12.51 $26,030
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,290 0.76 1.57 $17.72 $36,860
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,150 1.18 2.44 $15.30 $31,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,050 0.51 1.06 (8) (8)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,000 0.91 1.87 $14.53 $30,230
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 940 0.76 1.57 $16.99 $35,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 940 0.37 0.76 $13.54 $28,160




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Punta Gorda, FL 110 2.89 5.95 $16.26 $33,830
Decatur, AL 110 2.12 4.37 $13.31 $27,670
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 480 2.05 4.22 $13.00 $27,030
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 400 2.05 4.23 $14.09 $29,310
Valdosta, GA 90 1.91 3.93 $13.43 $27,930
Ocala, FL 170 1.90 3.91 $15.58 $32,410
Brunswick, GA 70 1.77 3.65 $12.77 $26,560
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 80 1.76 3.63 $17.32 $36,030
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 260 1.76 3.63 $16.28 $33,870
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 60 1.66 3.43 $14.71 $30,600




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado Springs, CO 50 0.22 0.46 $23.49 $48,860
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 70 0.20 0.41 $22.78 $47,380
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.29 $46,360
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 400 0.46 0.94 $21.86 $45,460
Redding, CA 90 1.52 3.13 $20.80 $43,270
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 230 0.42 0.86 $20.77 $43,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 250 0.18 0.38 $20.71 $43,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 510 0.30 0.63 $20.53 $42,690
Salinas, CA 90 0.57 1.17 $20.32 $42,260
Eugene-Springfield, OR 40 0.28 0.58 $20.25 $42,120

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 250 2.34 4.81 $16.05 $33,380
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.68 3.46 $14.78 $30,740
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 210 0.54 1.11 $11.55 $24,010
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 200 1.47 3.02 $10.89 $22,650
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 1.16 2.40 $14.06 $29,250

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 250 2.34 4.81 $16.05 $33,380
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 1.83 3.77 $17.22 $35,810
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.68 3.46 $14.78 $30,740
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 100 1.58 3.25 $12.60 $26,210
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 200 1.47 3.02 $10.89 $22,650

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.91 $41,420
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 1.11 $18.57 $38,630
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 30 0.51 1.06 $17.54 $36,470
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 1.83 3.77 $17.22 $35,810
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 150 1.01 2.09 $16.93 $35,220


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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