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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

39-2021 Animal Caretakers

Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, 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) and "Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals" (45-2093).


National estimates for Animal Caretakers
Industry profile for Animal Caretakers
Geographic profile for Animal Caretakers

National estimates for Animal Caretakers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Animal Caretakers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
193,660 1.5 % $ 13.65 $ 28,380 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Animal Caretakers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.29 $ 10.59 $ 12.54 $ 15.13 $ 19.33
Annual Wage (2) $ 19,310 $ 22,030 $ 26,080 $ 31,480 $ 40,210


Industry profile for Animal Caretakers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Animal Caretakers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Personal Services 88,560 29.85 $ 13.45 $ 27,970
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 33,210 4.57 $ 12.64 $ 26,280
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 29,440 8.78 $ 13.18 $ 27,410
Social Advocacy Organizations 10,910 4.97 $ 12.73 $ 26,470
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,120 0.11 $ 16.76 $ 34,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Animal Caretakers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Personal Services 88,560 29.85 $ 13.45 $ 27,970
Support Activities for Animal Production 3,720 11.71 $ 16.36 $ 34,040
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 29,440 8.78 $ 13.18 $ 27,410
Spectator Sports 6,060 5.52 $ 14.11 $ 29,350
Social Advocacy Organizations 10,910 4.97 $ 12.73 $ 26,470

Top paying industries for Animal Caretakers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events (8) (8) $ 27.31 $ 56,810
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 420 0.02 $ 21.34 $ 44,390
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 170 0.01 $ 21.31 $ 44,330
Traveler Accommodation 60 (7) $ 19.62 $ 40,810
Civic and Social Organizations (8) (8) $ 18.50 $ 38,470


Geographic profile for Animal Caretakers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Animal Caretakers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 19,560 1.19 0.85 $ 16.70 $ 34,730
Texas 15,180 1.25 0.90 $ 12.35 $ 25,680
Florida 12,730 1.51 1.08 $ 13.53 $ 28,150
New York 10,970 1.26 0.91 $ 15.87 $ 33,000
Illinois 9,790 1.74 1.25 $ 12.60 $ 26,220




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Animal Caretakers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 5,160 2.00 1.44 $ 14.67 $ 30,520
Kansas 2,580 1.94 1.39 $ 11.74 $ 24,420
Missouri 5,150 1.91 1.37 $ 12.63 $ 26,270
Idaho 1,310 1.83 1.31 $ 11.18 $ 23,260
New Hampshire 1,120 1.80 1.29 $ 13.97 $ 29,060




Top paying states for Animal Caretakers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 420 0.61 0.44 $ 18.56 $ 38,610
Hawaii 650 1.13 0.81 $ 16.86 $ 35,070
California 19,560 1.19 0.85 $ 16.70 $ 34,730
Washington 4,020 1.26 0.90 $ 16.41 $ 34,120
Alaska 390 1.33 0.95 $ 16.34 $ 33,980





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Animal Caretakers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,940 1.24 0.89 $ 15.37 $ 31,980
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,280 1.90 1.36 $ 12.58 $ 26,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,970 0.85 0.61 $ 16.90 $ 35,150
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,300 1.60 1.15 $ 15.59 $ 32,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,300 1.42 1.02 $ 15.41 $ 32,050
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,930 1.09 0.79 $ 12.36 $ 25,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,690 1.24 0.89 $ 11.70 $ 24,340
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,540 1.41 1.01 $ 14.62 $ 30,410
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,420 1.32 0.95 $ 15.78 $ 32,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,240 1.23 0.88 $ 12.83 $ 26,680




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Animal Caretakers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ocala, FL 720 6.96 5.00 $ 12.28 $ 25,540
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 260 4.69 3.37 $ 12.83 $ 26,700
Jacksonville, NC 210 4.57 3.28 $ 12.11 $ 25,180
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,060 4.10 2.94 $ 11.93 $ 24,820
Punta Gorda, FL 180 3.87 2.78 $ 12.70 $ 26,420
Hot Springs, AR 130 3.55 2.55 $ 13.19 $ 27,430
Bend-Redmond, OR 270 3.42 2.45 $ 14.95 $ 31,090
Fort Collins, CO 530 3.39 2.43 $ 13.81 $ 28,720
Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 90 2.97 2.13 $ 13.54 $ 28,170
Santa Fe, NM 170 2.94 2.11 $ 14.00 $ 29,110