The people who do control work for a living do it because they love to . When you work for the Gov. they pay starting around 26000.00 a year . but they also furnish a truck and supplies such as lure , snares ect. that help with the cost of doing this work . You still furnish your rifle and ammo , scopes ect. . You will have a retirement plan and insurance . But you will still be in the poverty level group of workers and that is why most of them work a couple of jobs like guiding hunters during their vacations . Their wives or significant others work as well . In a lot of states the people who work for any of the game departments don't get much better pay if they make any better wages . They do it because they love what they do or they move on to other types of work . My son studied to be a fisheries biologist but when he went to work at a fish hatchery he soon found that the pay wasn't enough so now works as a teacher with special education students has the same retirement and health insurance but about 3 times the wages . I did it for piece work paid per coyote killed furnished all of my own supplies and truck but got gas from the ranchers I worked for . There was no retirement or insurance plan so I worked two jobs one that had insurance and a retirement plan and had a lot better pay scale just so that I could afford to do what I truly loved to , animal control with coyote as my specialty . There were those that knew how hard it was to make a living at it and then there were those that would try to get you to do the work and do every thing they could to keep from paying you , that word got passed around and they would end up not being able to get control work done for them so paid a higher price in the end in livestock loss's . I do the best that I can to help those people that are trying to make a living at control work and to become proficient so they can get the problem taken care of as fast as they can because the longer it takes them to get it done the more it costs them . When I educate an animal and someone else has to come in to kill it , it takes them time and money to do so thus taking money from them and their family . That's a part so many people don't see . If I make killers it hurts the land owners pocket book if I make problem animals for them it costs them in the end not me till they tell me not to come back . I went to a predator board meeting one evening when we had a new guy that we had sent to a few ranches . 4 ranchers showed up with complaints about the new guy . They all said that he was using their ranches as his play ground bringing people with him and not letting them know in advance , he was guiding others to call coyote for them and didn't get them killed but got paid for them to hunt , just running around and making smarter coyote not getting as many killed as he should while learning , maybe what he should have already known . He was ask not to be allowed back on their property . These people look at their ranch as their back yard as I would also if it were my ranch . He didn't last long as a control worker .