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Career Profile: Pest Control Workers

Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 86,800 people employed as pest control workers in the United States. The median annual salary is $37,800. Entry level employees earn approximately $24,980 per year and senior employees earn approximately $61,170 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Inspect premises to identify infestation source and extent of damage to property, wall, or roof porosity and access to infested locations.
  • Recommend treatment and prevention methods for pest problems to clients.
  • Spray or dust chemical solutions, powders, or gases into rooms, onto clothing, furnishings, or wood, or over marshlands, ditches, or catch basins.
  • Clean work site after completion of job.
  • Record work activities performed.
  • Drive truck equipped with power spraying equipment.
  • Dig up and burn weeds, or spray them with herbicides.
  • Direct, or assist other workers in, treatment or extermination processes to eliminate or control rodents, insects, or weeds.
  • Post warning signs and lock building doors to secure area to be fumigated.
  • Set mechanical traps, or place poisonous paste or bait in sewers, burrows, or ditches.
  • Cut or bore openings in building or surrounding concrete, access infested areas, insert nozzle, and inject pesticide to impregnate ground.
  • Clean and remove blockages from infested areas to facilitate spraying procedures and provide drainage, using brooms, mops, shovels, or rakes.
  • Position and fasten edges of tarpaulins over building, and tape vents to ensure air-tight environment and to check for leaks.
  • Measure area dimensions requiring treatment, calculate fumigant requirements, and estimate cost for service.
  • Study preliminary reports or diagrams of infested area and determine treatment type required to eliminate and prevent recurrence of infestation.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
86,800
Annual Openings:
12,800
Increase in Openings by 2030:
10%
Annual Salary Range:
$24,980 - $61,170
Education Requirements:
High school diploma