Pesticide Handler / Sprayer / Applicator, Vegetation Salary

Vegetation Pesticide Handlers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $13.43 per hour. Most Vegetation Pesticide Handlers report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,855 - $49,740
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,301
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90%

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$10.19 - $18.12
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,855 - $49,740  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,047  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $950  
Commission
$101.37 - $9,863  
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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$22,688 - $46,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $18.12  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $26.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,047  
   
Commission
$101.37 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $950  
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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$22,688 - $46,497  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. Vegetation Pesticide Handlers see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Pesticide Handler / Sprayer / Applicator, Vegetation Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 43%
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