Pesticide Handler / Sprayer / Applicator, Vegetation Salary

A sizeable majority of Vegetation Pesticide Handlers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $13.59 per hour. Total cash incomes of Vegetation Pesticide Handlers run from $23K to $47K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K, profit sharing that reaches $3K, and some commissions of nearly $10K. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Vegetation Pesticide Handlers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,911 - $52,109
(Median)
$24K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,100
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$10.22 - $18.21
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$10
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,911 - $52,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,617  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,600  
Commission
$99.67 - $9,696  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,009 - $47,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $18.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.13 - $26.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,617  
   
Commission
$99.67 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,600  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,009 - $47,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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Job Description for Pesticide Handler / Sprayer / Applicator, Vegetation

The main objective of a pesticide handler, sprayer, and applicator (vegetation) is to mix and apply pesticides on vegetation and foliage including lawns, crops, trees, shrubs, and/or other plants. They also apply herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides to foliage and vegetation. Most of the time, these professionals apply these chemicals using a spray system, but they may also use other application methods such as crop dusting and vapor and soil infusions.

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Pesticide Handler / Sprayer / Applicator, Vegetation Tasks

  • Ensure eradication and proper removal of target pest population.
  • Adhere to local and federal regulations regarding pesticide storage, application, and disposal.
  • Apply pesticide solutions to residential or corporate landscapes, wild vegetation, or agricultural crops.
  • Maintain, clean, and repair pest management supplies.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pesticide Handler / Sprayer / Applicator, Vegetation

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Vegetation Pesticide Handlers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $35K. Vegetation Pesticide Handlers bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Vegetation Pesticide Handlers 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.

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Experience Affects Pesticide Handler / Sprayer / Applicator, Vegetation Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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