Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
23,650 4.2 % $15.38 $32,000 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.83 $12.10 $14.55 $18.02 $22.19
Annual Wage (2) $20,460 $25,170 $30,270 $37,480 $46,160


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 13,410 0.73 $15.13 $31,470
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,660 0.07 $16.76 $34,860
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,360 0.72 $15.11 $31,440
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,600 0.50 $14.87 $30,930
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 730 0.97 $15.80 $32,860

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 730 0.97 $15.80 $32,860
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 13,410 0.73 $15.13 $31,470
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 2,360 0.72 $15.11 $31,440
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,600 0.50 $14.87 $30,930
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 230 0.16 $15.03 $31,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 30 (7) $20.76 $43,180
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $20.02 $41,640
State Government (OES Designation) 130 0.01 $17.65 $36,710
Activities Related to Real Estate 30 0.01 $17.26 $35,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,660 0.07 $16.76 $34,860


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 3,280 0.45 2.48 $15.33 $31,880
California 2,760 0.19 1.06 $17.09 $35,540
Minnesota 1,150 0.44 2.41 $15.66 $32,570
Georgia 900 0.24 1.30 $13.02 $27,090
Illinois 880 0.16 0.86 $14.06 $29,250




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 720 1.82 10.00 $14.52 $30,190
Montana 430 0.98 5.42 $13.64 $28,360
North Dakota 330 0.82 4.51 $14.18 $29,490
Wyoming 210 0.76 4.19 $15.09 $31,390
Iowa 690 0.47 2.59 $14.02 $29,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 360 0.11 0.62 $19.70 $40,980
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.20 $18.99 $39,500
New Jersey 570 0.15 0.82 $18.49 $38,450
Oregon 460 0.28 1.56 $18.09 $37,620
Pennsylvania 760 0.14 0.74 $18.04 $37,530





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 780 0.69 3.81 $15.30 $31,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 670 0.38 2.11 $15.51 $32,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 400 0.18 0.97 $13.99 $29,100
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 370 0.42 2.30 $14.73 $30,630
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 350 0.19 1.06 $20.21 $42,030
St. Louis, MO-IL 300 0.23 1.29 $13.11 $27,270
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 290 0.29 1.60 $15.58 $32,420
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 260 0.31 1.73 $17.24 $35,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 240 0.14 0.77 $12.57 $26,140
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 240 0.24 1.31 $13.57 $28,230




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 160 2.58 14.23 $14.97 $31,130
Palm Coast, FL 40 2.03 11.18 $13.74 $28,570
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 90 1.84 10.14 $13.29 $27,630
Yakima, WA 100 1.28 7.06 $16.42 $34,150
Billings, MT 90 1.14 6.31 $13.57 $28,240
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 200 0.97 5.33 $15.87 $33,020
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 170 0.89 4.91 $12.27 $25,520
Sioux Falls, SD 120 0.84 4.65 $15.74 $32,740
Bloomington-Normal, IL 70 0.83 4.56 $14.40 $29,960
Rapid City, SD 50 0.79 4.35 $13.19 $27,450




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.31 $24.83 $51,650
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $23.74 $49,380
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.03 $47,900
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.05 $45,850
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $21.07 $43,820
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 350 0.19 1.06 $20.21 $42,030
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.13 0.72 $20.21 $42,030
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.17 $41,950
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 130 0.11 0.59 $19.95 $41,500
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $19.79 $41,170

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 350 2.75 15.14 $14.82 $30,830
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.50 2.75 $15.23 $31,680
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 180 1.24 6.83 $14.09 $29,300
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 170 0.94 5.19 $13.27 $27,600
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 170 0.74 4.09 $14.82 $30,840

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 130 3.88 21.35 $13.68 $28,460
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 350 2.75 15.14 $14.82 $30,830
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.26 12.42 $13.62 $28,330
East Central North Dakota 90 2.09 11.49 $12.69 $26,390
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.97 10.84 $14.97 $31,130

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.13 $20.21 $42,030
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 1.31 $19.48 $40,510
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.66 $38,800
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 2.76 $18.20 $37,870
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.32 1.79 $18.07 $37,580


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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