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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 14048$18.28/hr$15.19/hr$16.28/hr$17.73/hr$19.33/hr$23.32/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities500$18.66/hr
Professional and Business Services110$18.28/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/A$14.81/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Central Minnesota N/A$17.11/hr7.4%
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN N/A$14.94/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$16.71/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA N/A$15.05/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 10$20.40/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$17.24/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 40$18.90/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 90$18.92/hr2.9%
Northwest Balance of State 130$17.70/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 130$19.60/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 140$17.73/hr5.6%
Southwest Balance of State 200$18.02/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 210$19.87/hr-6.0%
Minnesota 1,480$16.40/hr5.1%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 1,010$17.84/hr-9.8%
Pest Control Workers 490$16.83/hr6.8%
Log Graders and Scalers 20$25.92/hr4.2%


  • 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.
  • Lift, push, and swing nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray over designated areas.
  • Start motors and engage machinery, such as sprayer agitators or pumps or portable spray equipment.