Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
174,060 1.4 % $11.36 $23,630 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.25 $8.93 $10.10 $12.47 $16.72
Annual Wage (2) $17,160 $18,580 $21,010 $25,930 $34,780


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 75,070 25.14 $11.16 $23,220
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 29,320 9.44 $10.49 $21,830
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 27,550 4.22 $10.89 $22,640
Social Advocacy Organizations 11,050 5.51 $10.70 $22,250
Spectator Sports 8,780 6.35 $12.04 $25,050

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 75,070 25.14 $11.16 $23,220
Support Activities for Animal Production 2,930 9.93 $12.45 $25,890
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 29,320 9.44 $10.49 $21,830
Spectator Sports 8,780 6.35 $12.04 $25,050
Social Advocacy Organizations 11,050 5.51 $10.70 $22,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $20.19 $42,000
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 470 0.02 $18.85 $39,200
State Government (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $17.58 $36,570
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,470 0.05 $15.70 $32,650
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,200 0.08 $15.31 $31,850


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 19,460 1.26 0.99 $13.47 $28,020
Texas 12,770 1.10 0.87 $10.68 $22,210
New York 11,340 1.26 1.00 $12.28 $25,540
Florida 11,000 1.39 1.10 $11.17 $23,230
Illinois 8,290 1.42 1.12 $11.05 $22,980



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)
Colorado 4,290 1.75 1.39 $10.64 $22,130
Virginia 6,090 1.65 1.31 $11.42 $23,750
Kentucky 3,040 1.65 1.31 $11.19 $23,280
South Carolina 2,990 1.55 1.23 $10.54 $21,920
Oregon 2,620 1.51 1.19 $12.57 $26,140



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 550 0.89 0.70 $15.19 $31,590
District of Columbia 230 0.34 0.27 $14.26 $29,660
California 19,460 1.26 0.99 $13.47 $28,020
Rhode Island 420 0.89 0.71 $13.17 $27,400
Vermont 410 1.35 1.07 $13.02 $27,090




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,510 1.00 0.80 $12.61 $26,230
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,360 1.50 1.19 $11.24 $23,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,880 1.61 1.27 $12.44 $25,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 0.91 0.72 $14.12 $29,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,620 1.24 0.98 $10.00 $20,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,470 1.40 1.11 $11.27 $23,440
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,950 1.27 1.00 $11.18 $23,250
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 2,740 2.15 1.70 $12.67 $26,360
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,670 2.28 1.80 $10.44 $21,710
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,560 1.89 1.50 $14.71 $30,590