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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Central Minnesota 19026$22.09/hr$19.28/hr$19.31/hr$21.45/hr$24.41/hr$25.86/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining50$18.20/hr
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities810$21.39/hr
Professional and Business Services310$22.28/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 10$32.72/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$20.28/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$20.68/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$20.66/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 100$20.36/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$19.40/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 140$20.30/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 170$20.30/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 170$20.36/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 190$21.45/hr4.5%
Southwest Balance of State 270$20.30/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 290$20.66/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 370$22.30/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 440$22.55/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,180$21.37/hr5.1%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals 760$15.58/hr-5.4%
Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 990$19.45/hr-4.9%
Pest Control Workers 560$25.55/hrN/A


  • Clean or service machinery to ensure operating efficiency, using water, gasoline, lubricants, or hand tools.
  • Connect hoses and nozzles selected according to terrain, distribution pattern requirements, types of infestations, and velocities.
  • Fill sprayer tanks with water and chemicals, according to formulas.
  • Mix pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides for application to trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops.
  • Lift, push, and swing nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray over designated areas.
  • Mix pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides for application to trees, shrubs, lawns, or botanical crops.
  • Cover areas to specified depths with pesticides, applying knowledge of weather conditions, droplet sizes, elevation-to-distance ratios, and obstructions.
  • Start motors and engage machinery, such as sprayer agitators or pumps or portable spray equipment.
  • Provide driving instructions to truck drivers to ensure complete coverage of designated areas, using hand and horn signals.
  • Lift, push, and swing nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray over designated areas.