How Much Do Pest Control Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Pesticide Handlers and Sprayers

Pesticide Handlers and Sprayers mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation, or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or crops. Usually requires specific training and state or federal certification.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$39130 per year
Hourly wage
$19 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$25,590 to $30,440 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Vegetation Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers and Applicators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,590 to $30,440 per year or $12 to $15 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Vegetation Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers and Applicators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $27 $56,030
Senior (Top 25%) $21 $43,560
Middle (Mid 50%) $18 $36,630
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $30,440
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,590

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
ND $24 $50,890
CA $24 $48,900
NH $22 $46,390
IL $22 $45,940
OR $21 $44,510
NM $21 $44,140
OK $21 $43,890
PA $21 $43,690
WI $21 $42,980
NJ $20 $42,630

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Vegetation Pesticide Handler, Sprayer and Applicator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like ND doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at ND might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Pest Control Technicians are in the states of ND, CA, NH, IL and OR.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
State Government $55860 $26.86
Real Estate $50420 $24.24
Social Advocacy Organizations $46980 $22.59
Elementary and Secondary Schools $43670 $21.00
Building Equipment Contractors $42560 $20.46
Chemical Manufacturing $42050 $20.22
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers $41370 $19.89
Local Government $39230 $18.86
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $39050 $18.77
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $38930 $18.72
Warehousing and Storage $38780 $18.65
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $38650 $18.58
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $37210 $17.89
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $37050 $17.82
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $36890 $17.74
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores $35720 $17.17
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $34910 $16.79
Gasoline Stations $34650 $16.66
Utility System Construction $34470 $16.57
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $33680 $16.19
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $31740 $15.26
Employment Services $30960 $14.89
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $30820 $14.82
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