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Pest management technicians
Average annual pay: $34,080
Every area of the country has pests to contend with, whether those pests are bedbugs or roaches. The pest control field is projected to stay fairly stable, with only about a 1% decrease from 2014 to 2024, the BLS says.
Pest management involves controlling or removing unwanted pests. Pest management technicians aren't millionaires, but they can earn a decent salary, considering they don't need college degrees.
According to Jim Fredericks, vice president of technical and regulatory affairs at the Fairfax, Virginia-based National Pest Management Association, pest management technicians typically earn $13 to $20 per hour, depending on experience, and are employed mainly by small, independent companies. There are a few large companies, including Orkin Pest Control of Atlanta and Terminix of Memphis, Tennessee.
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