As a pest control technician, you want to be sure that you’re getting paid what you’re worth. After all, your job is no easy task. Every day you’re dealing with a variety of vermin, some more unpleasant than others. Your job is demanding, and you deserve to get paid a fair pest control salary.
And if you own a pest control business, you definitely want to pay your technicians a fair salary while still effectively managing your costs.
To give you a sense of the average pest control salary for technicians in different locations, we scraped data from thousands of salary reports and job postings, sorted it, analyzed it, and brought it here for you.
Pest control salary by location updated for 2023
In the full 2023 data, we analyze the average hourly rate for pest control technicians across the country and by state, the average pest control salary range for technicians, and look at hourly rates in particular cities.
This should give you a sense of not only what pest control salaries look like across the country, but where the pest control industry currently stands in the 2023 job market.
*Note: this data includes all positions and levels of experience, from someone just getting started in the industry to a technician with years of experience.
Hourly average rate for pest control technicians
On average, how much does a pest control technician in the United States make? Analysis of the data shows that the average hourly rate for pest control technicians in the United States is $18.63 per hour.1
This works out to an average annual salary of $46,342. However, remember that this is just an average. It includes salaries listed in both high cost of living areas (such as cities) and low cost of living areas (such as rural areas).
Looking a bit closer at the data, the state with the highest average hourly rate is Alaska, with an average hourly rate of $22.27.2 The state with the lowest average hourly rate is Arkansas, where job listings show an average pay of $15.12.3
Average rate by state
While looking at the big picture of the pest control industry is helpful, zooming in on the state level can give you a better sense of what the industry looks like on a state-by-state basis.
What follows are the average hourly rates in each state. As noted, this data includes both the high and low amounts and is across a variety of positions.
With that in mind, knowing the average hourly amounts (and combining those numbers with other data) should help you understand which states are paying the most and which are paying the least.
Pest control salary range for technicians
Another way of slicing the data is to look at the range of pay being offered. Since the average rate incorporates both the high and low numbers (which sometimes can skew the averages), looking at the full spectrum of salaries being offered can give you a better sense of what pest control technician jobs pay.
This analysis gives us both the low and high marks for what a pest control technician might expect to make in a given state. Here is a breakdown of the salary ranges in each state found in our analysis.
Top companies hiring for pest control
Whether you’re new to the pest control industry and looking for your first job or looking to advance in your industry, there are several pest control businesses looking for your expertise today. Here are some of the top companies that we found.
Pest Control Technician (Current Employee) – Norristown, PA – August 13, 2022
“I’ve been with them for two months and I LOVE IT!! The management staff is by far the BEST I’ve ever had. They are attentive, understanding and accommodating. There has not been any down sides.”
Dewey Pest Control
Pest Control Technician (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 21, 2023
“Dewey Pest Control was a good place to work. I would recommend this location in Pacific Beach to anyone looking to get into pest control. It’s 8 am to 5pm and weekends off for the most part. Managers we’re cool and easy to get along with.”
White Knight Pest Control
Pest Control Technician (Current Employee) – Fort Worth, TX – February 1, 2023
“This company gives you so many outlets to learn more on pest control, from products to pests. The branches become like family, which makes your job fun. You work on commission so you make your own time, if you need more ask for more. You service around 10-20 homes a day, customers are always glad you’re there to rid them of their pest needs. We service in all weather, outside, inside, attics and garages. Overall I am happy to be a part of this company.”
Cities in each state with the highest pest control salary
Within each state, there is generally a large range of pay, often based on the cost of living in a particular area. The reality is that positions in bigger cities tend to offer higher salaries than those in more rural areas.
This implies that as a pest control technician, you may want to go a step beyond simply looking at nationwide and statewide salaries. It may be helpful to look at salaries offered in particular cities to get a feel for what is offered in more densely populated areas.
In addition to determining which states pay the highest average amount, we also determined which cities within each state pay the most. In other words, if you are a pest control technician working in that city, you’re probably making more than most other technicians in your state. The following data lists out cities within each state with the highest average pest control salary. Our analysis reveals that the northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan region has the highest average annual salary at $68,990 annually.7 However, the highest hourly rate by city has The following data lists out cities within each state with the highest average pest control salary. Our analysis reveals that the northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan region has the highest average annual salary at $68,990 annually.7 However, the highest hourly rate by city has Sacramento, CA, topping the list at $22.80 an hour.8
While this data primarily represents averages throughout the United States, it does reveal a significant amount of useful information. With the average pest control salary being approximately $46,342 a year (with many jobs available above that amount), it demonstrates that pest control is a relatively well paying job.9
Additionally, if you own a pest control business, this data can be helpful when it comes to setting competitive salaries, evaluating your personal salary, and determining what sorts of pay increases you might be able to expect in the future.
While there is certainly a variety of salaries across the states; clearly, the pest control industry is doing well. And as long as pests are a problem, there will always be a need for pest control technicians (lucky you!).
Housecall Pro’s illustrated guide to starting a pest control business
Whether you’re considering a new career path or growing your career into your own business, you may be wondering what the best way to get your pest control company started is. If you’re thinking about starting a pest control business, download our guide to the 10 critical things for you to think through to get started on the right foot.