Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
150,140 1.6 % $10.75 $22,370 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.93 $8.55 $9.46 $11.82 $15.63
Annual Wage (2) $16,490 $17,790 $19,690 $24,590 $32,500


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 56,830 22.50 $10.80 $22,460
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 28,750 10.24 $9.73 $20,240
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 27,340 4.50 $10.03 $20,860
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,430 4.82 $10.51 $21,870
Spectator Sports 9,010 6.90 $11.26 $23,410

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 56,830 22.50 $10.80 $22,460
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 28,750 10.24 $9.73 $20,240
Support Activities for Animal Production 2,680 9.77 $11.71 $24,360
Spectator Sports 9,010 6.90 $11.26 $23,410
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,430 4.82 $10.51 $21,870

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) 560 0.03 $18.31 $38,090
State Government (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $17.05 $35,470
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,650 0.07 $14.74 $30,650
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,360 0.05 $14.11 $29,350
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 80 (7) $14.01 $29,130


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 16,790 1.17 1.02 $11.76 $24,450
Texas 12,980 1.23 1.06 $10.19 $21,190
New York 8,710 1.02 0.88 $11.90 $24,740
Florida 7,900 1.09 0.94 $10.79 $22,440
Illinois 7,650 1.36 1.18 $10.55 $21,950




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 760 1.87 1.62 $10.42 $21,660
Maryland 4,200 1.67 1.45 $11.77 $24,470
Virginia 5,560 1.55 1.34 $10.35 $21,540
Nevada 1,730 1.54 1.33 $10.85 $22,570
Maine 860 1.48 1.28 $9.91 $20,610




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 180 0.28 0.24 $15.16 $31,540
Hawaii 590 1.00 0.87 $12.89 $26,820
Washington 3,780 1.37 1.19 $12.58 $26,170
Vermont 350 1.17 1.02 $12.08 $25,120
Oregon 2,290 1.42 1.24 $11.97 $24,890





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 5,450 1.50 1.30 $10.57 $21,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,080 1.06 0.92 $11.19 $23,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,590 1.53 1.33 $11.62 $24,170
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,410 1.63 1.41 $10.60 $22,050
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,130 1.19 1.03 $9.82 $20,430
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,110 0.60 0.52 $13.91 $28,930
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,710 1.56 1.36 $10.31 $21,440
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,430 1.99 1.72 $11.67 $24,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,270 1.00 0.87 $10.04 $20,880
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,110 1.49 1.30 $12.39 $25,770


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