Male Exterminators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $13.64 per hour in the United States. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and nearly two in five receive dental plans. Most Exterminators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average.
Job Description for Exterminator
Exterminators are responsible for getting rid of pests in homes, such as bed bugs, spiders, rodents, cockroaches, and termites. Strong customer service skills are beneficial in this position for interacting directly with clients, and they typically perform inspections to determine the statuses of infestations and then advise homeowners of what treatments may be necessary and how much they will cost.Read More...
Some treatments are performed on the same day of inspection, while large infestations may require the residents to evacuate the premises for a certain period of time. Because some of the chemicals used can be harmful, exterminators must always closely follow directions for applying pesticides and proper protective gear should be worn at all times. Attention to detail is important to ensure that all affected areas are identified and treated with pesticides, and good physical strength is necessary to stand and walk for long periods of time, lift heavy items, enter crawl spaces, and climb ladders. Exterminators may work alone or in teams depending on the extent of infestation.
A valid driver's license is often required to travel from one work-site to another, and a high school diploma or equivalent and licensing as an exterminator are also required. Courses and testing about pest control are necessary to obtain licensing, and training is offered on-the-job by some employers.
- Inspect home for evidence of rodents, insects and other pests.
- Schedule and administrate regular pest-control visits, spraying exterior, checking traps, etc.
- Develop one or more plans for pest removal and elimination.
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Pay by Experience Level for Exterminator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $33K. Exterminators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Exterminators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.