Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

39-2021 Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise care for pets and other nonfarm animals, such as dogs, cats, ornamental fish or birds, zoo animals, and mice. Work in settings such as kennels, animal shelters, zoos, circuses, and aquariums. May keep records of feedings, treatments, and animals received or discharged. May clean, disinfect, and repair cages, pens, or fish tanks. Excludes "Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers" (31-9096).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
144,240 1.5 % $10.58 $22,000 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.84 $8.48 $9.38 $11.59 $15.01
Annual Wage (2) $16,310 $17,640 $19,510 $24,100 $31,210


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Personal Services 52,330 21.52 $10.61 $22,080
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 27,670 10.05 $9.53 $19,820
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 27,650 4.66 $10.09 $20,980
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,600 4.93 $10.37 $21,570
Spectator Sports 8,920 7.00 $10.74 $22,340

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Personal Services 52,330 21.52 $10.61 $22,080
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 27,670 10.05 $9.53 $19,820
Support Activities for Animal Production 2,550 9.51 $12.00 $24,970
Spectator Sports 8,920 7.00 $10.74 $22,340
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,600 4.93 $10.37 $21,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 550 0.03 $18.45 $38,380
State Government (OES Designation) 170 0.01 $16.66 $34,650
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 80 (7) $14.68 $30,530
Traveler Accommodation 390 0.02 $14.47 $30,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,620 0.07 $14.15 $29,430


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,810 1.05 0.94 $11.16 $23,220
Texas 12,690 1.23 1.10 $10.14 $21,100
New York 8,460 1.00 0.89 $11.71 $24,350
Florida 8,430 1.18 1.05 $10.39 $21,600
Illinois 6,840 1.23 1.09 $10.53 $21,900




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 710 1.75 1.56 $11.19 $23,280
Nevada 1,710 1.54 1.37 $10.50 $21,830
Maryland 3,790 1.53 1.36 $11.66 $24,240
Colorado 3,280 1.51 1.34 $10.60 $22,050
Oregon 2,380 1.50 1.33 $11.05 $22,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 160 0.24 0.21 $15.02 $31,240
Hawaii 500 0.86 0.77 $13.89 $28,890
Alaska 300 0.97 0.86 $12.92 $26,870
Connecticut 2,270 1.41 1.25 $12.61 $26,230
Vermont 310 1.06 0.94 $12.01 $24,980





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,090 1.42 1.26 $10.48 $21,790
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,770 0.74 0.66 $12.92 $26,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,700 0.97 0.86 $10.86 $22,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,350 1.64 1.46 $10.42 $21,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,140 1.36 1.21 $11.31 $23,520
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,020 1.18 1.05 $10.35 $21,530
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,660 1.57 1.39 $10.77 $22,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,610 1.17 1.04 $9.92 $20,630
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,920 1.55 1.38 $10.97 $22,820
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.48 1.32 $12.07 $25,100