Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
154,350 1.5 % $10.82 $22,510 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.97 $8.59 $9.57 $11.85 $15.70
Annual Wage (2) $16,580 $17,880 $19,910 $24,650 $32,660


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 61,440 23.03 $10.75 $22,370
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 29,530 10.26 $10.03 $20,860
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 26,260 4.23 $10.07 $20,950
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,360 4.70 $10.36 $21,550
Spectator Sports 8,890 6.68 $11.36 $23,630

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 61,440 23.03 $10.75 $22,370
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 29,530 10.26 $10.03 $20,860
Support Activities for Animal Production 2,510 9.04 $11.86 $24,670
Spectator Sports 8,890 6.68 $11.36 $23,630
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,360 4.70 $10.36 $21,550

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) 530 0.03 $18.58 $38,650
State Government (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $17.27 $35,920
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 80 (7) $15.57 $32,380
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,570 0.07 $15.05 $31,310
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 70 0.03 $14.67 $30,520


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 16,630 1.13 0.97 $12.10 $25,170
Texas 12,800 1.17 1.01 $10.21 $21,240
New York 9,140 1.06 0.91 $11.48 $23,880
Florida 8,470 1.14 0.98 $10.91 $22,700
Illinois 7,560 1.32 1.14 $10.91 $22,690




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 920 2.23 1.91 $10.50 $21,830
Maryland 4,000 1.58 1.36 $11.65 $24,230
Kentucky 2,820 1.58 1.36 $10.52 $21,890
Colorado 3,500 1.53 1.31 $10.71 $22,270
Arizona 3,650 1.48 1.27 $10.67 $22,180




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 150 0.23 0.19 $13.30 $27,670
Washington 3,970 1.40 1.21 $12.89 $26,810
Hawaii 580 0.96 0.82 $12.40 $25,790
Oregon 2,160 1.32 1.13 $12.30 $25,580
California 16,630 1.13 0.97 $12.10 $25,170





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 5,390 1.46 1.25 $11.05 $22,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,930 0.99 0.85 $11.72 $24,380
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,400 1.58 1.36 $10.15 $21,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,350 1.42 1.22 $11.65 $24,230
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,040 1.10 0.95 $9.84 $20,460
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,920 2.36 2.03 $11.60 $24,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,910 1.26 1.08 $10.15 $21,110
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,820 0.54 0.46 $12.52 $26,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,590 1.45 1.25 $10.83 $22,530
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,150 1.67 1.43 $10.36 $21,540