Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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. Excludes "Commercial Pilots" (53-2012) who dust or spray crops from aircraft.


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)
23,540 4.7 % $15.24 $31,690 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.68 $11.86 $14.42 $17.83 $21.97
Annual Wage (2) $20,140 $24,660 $29,980 $37,080 $45,690


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 12,790 0.71 $14.93 $31,050
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,970 0.07 $16.71 $34,760
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,230 0.67 $14.73 $30,640
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,450 0.49 $15.47 $32,180
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 840 1.12 $15.64 $32,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 840 1.12 $15.64 $32,530
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 12,790 0.71 $14.93 $31,050
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,230 0.67 $14.73 $30,640
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,450 0.49 $15.47 $32,180
Support Activities for Animal Production 60 0.21 $13.21 $27,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 50 (7) $21.94 $45,630
State Government (OES Designation) 200 0.01 $20.19 $42,000
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $19.42 $40,400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) $17.56 $36,530
Activities Related to Real Estate 30 0.01 $17.44 $36,280


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)
Florida 3,070 0.43 2.34 $14.85 $30,890
California 2,670 0.19 1.03 $16.99 $35,330
Minnesota 1,250 0.48 2.61 $15.10 $31,400
Illinois 1,080 0.19 1.06 $17.05 $35,470
Pennsylvania 1,060 0.19 1.04 $16.15 $33,590




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)
South Dakota 710 1.81 9.85 $14.32 $29,780
North Dakota 300 0.81 4.43 $14.25 $29,650
Montana 320 0.74 4.04 $13.04 $27,110
Wyoming 140 0.53 2.86 $14.61 $30,380
Minnesota 1,250 0.48 2.61 $15.10 $31,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 300 0.09 0.51 $19.66 $40,890
Oregon 430 0.27 1.46 $18.52 $38,520
Connecticut 110 0.07 0.37 $18.28 $38,020
New Jersey 270 0.07 0.39 $17.22 $35,820
Illinois 1,080 0.19 1.06 $17.05 $35,470





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)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 740 0.67 3.67 $14.93 $31,050
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 650 0.36 1.94 $16.90 $35,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 640 0.38 2.04 $15.02 $31,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 370 0.17 0.91 $13.60 $28,280
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 330 0.33 1.82 $14.00 $29,120
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 310 0.54 2.94 $15.20 $31,610
St. Louis, MO-IL 290 0.23 1.23 $13.73 $28,560
Jacksonville, FL 280 0.48 2.63 $14.27 $29,670
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 0.40 (8) (8)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 260 0.32 1.74 $17.02 $35,400




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)
Napa, CA 130 2.16 11.75 $14.81 $30,800
Palm Coast, FL 40 2.01 10.95 $13.42 $27,920
Merced, CA 70 1.25 6.80 $16.58 $34,480
Yakima, WA 80 1.03 5.61 $16.85 $35,050
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 190 1.03 5.62 $12.46 $25,920
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 50 1.01 5.52 $13.95 $29,020
Rapid City, SD 50 0.85 4.64 $12.66 $26,340
Sioux Falls, SD 110 0.80 4.34 $15.61 $32,470
Redding, CA 40 0.75 4.07 $20.83 $43,320
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 740 0.67 3.67 $14.93 $31,050




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $26.90 $55,960
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.23 $23.26 $48,370
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.87 $45,490
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.06 0.30 $21.11 $43,910
Redding, CA 40 0.75 4.07 $20.83 $43,320
Richmond, VA 50 0.09 0.49 $20.14 $41,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.03 0.18 $19.78 $41,140
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 70 0.09 0.49 $19.64 $40,840
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $19.44 $40,430
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 60 0.10 0.56 $19.10 $39,720

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)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 2.63 14.32 $14.48 $30,130
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 240 0.64 3.47 $15.12 $31,440
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 220 1.24 6.78 $13.84 $28,790
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 180 0.66 3.61 $11.42 $23,760
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.70 3.82 $14.84 $30,870

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)
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 4.72 25.71 $13.88 $28,870
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 320 2.63 14.32 $14.48 $30,130
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 2.51 13.66 $14.80 $30,790
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.96 10.70 $13.84 $28,780
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 1.29 7.01 $16.74 $34,820

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.57 $49,020
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.53 $42,700
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.31 $38,080
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.67 $17.37 $36,130
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 4.78 $17.19 $35,760


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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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