Men represent the vast majority of Exterminators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $14.48 per hour nationwide. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over one-half report medical coverage and nearly one-third claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$22,355 - $53,582|
|Total Pay (||$23,300 - $51,937|
|Hourly Rate||$11.40 - $20.80|
|Overtime||$15.21 - $35.08|
|Total Pay (||$23,300 - $51,937|
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Exterminator
Pay by Experience for an Exterminator has a positive trend. An entry-level Exterminator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 66 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Exterminator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 33 salaries. An experienced Exterminator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 35 salaries. An Exterminator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 9 salaries.
Key Stats for Exterminator
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