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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Animal Caretakers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
225,680 1.4 % $ 14.19 $ 29,520 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Animal Caretakers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.28 $ 11.13 $ 13.75 $ 14.96 $ 18.63
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,380 $ 23,160 $ 28,600 $ 31,130 $ 38,750


Industry profile for Animal Caretakers:

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 104,530 35.20 $ 13.99 $ 29,100
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 38,600 10.33 $ 13.57 $ 28,220
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 34,450 4.52 $ 13.22 $ 27,490
Social Advocacy Organizations 10,570 4.72 $ 13.37 $ 27,800
Spectator Sports 7,840 6.86 $ 15.00 $ 31,190

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 104,530 35.20 $ 13.99 $ 29,100
Support Activities for Animal Production 4,500 14.28 $ 15.71 $ 32,680
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 38,600 10.33 $ 13.57 $ 28,220
Spectator Sports 7,840 6.86 $ 15.00 $ 31,190
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 6,560 4.98 $ 17.42 $ 36,220

Top paying industries for Animal Caretakers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 21.29 $ 44,290
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 180 0.01 $ 20.96 $ 43,590
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 410 0.08 $ 19.23 $ 39,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,360 0.17 $ 18.99 $ 39,500
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,010 0.07 $ 18.87 $ 39,240


Geographic profile for Animal Caretakers:

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.



Map of employment of animal caretakers by state, May 2021


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 23,700 1.43 0.89 $ 17.05 $ 35,470
Texas 18,830 1.54 0.96 $ 13.18 $ 27,410
Florida 14,180 1.65 1.03 $ 13.18 $ 27,400
New York 10,680 1.23 0.77 $ 16.64 $ 34,610
North Carolina 9,070 2.05 1.28 $ 12.72 $ 26,450


Map of location quotient of animal caretakers by state, May 2021


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)
Kentucky 4,850 2.64 1.65 $ 12.94 $ 26,920
Missouri 6,790 2.49 1.55 $ 13.60 $ 28,300
Kansas 3,080 2.30 1.44 $ 12.00 $ 24,950
New Hampshire 1,430 2.25 1.40 $ 14.32 $ 29,780
Delaware 940 2.15 1.34 $ 13.41 $ 27,900


Map of annual mean wages of animal caretakers by state, May 2021


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 100 0.15 0.09 $ 19.02 $ 39,560
Washington 4,380 1.37 0.85 $ 17.15 $ 35,680
California 23,700 1.43 0.89 $ 17.05 $ 35,470
Massachusetts 6,260 1.85 1.15 $ 16.84 $ 35,030
New York 10,680 1.23 0.77 $ 16.64 $ 34,610



Map of employment of animal caretakers by area, May 2021


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 10,380 1.20 0.75 $ 16.74 $ 34,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,260 1.44 0.90 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,770 1.60 1.00 $ 14.18 $ 29,500
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,390 1.50 0.94 $ 13.80 $ 28,700
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,890 1.89 1.18 $ 16.77 $ 34,870
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,790 1.81 1.13 $ 14.62 $ 30,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,790 1.63 1.02 $ 15.56 $ 32,360
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,720 1.63 1.02 $ 13.14 $ 27,320
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,500 1.74 1.09 $ 12.99 $ 27,010
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,710 1.51 0.94 $ 14.11 $ 29,350


Map of location quotient of animal caretakers by area, May 2021


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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,720 6.69 4.18 $ 13.77 $ 28,640
Ocala, FL 680 6.40 3.99 $ 12.81 $ 26,650
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 530 6.30 3.93 $ 13.14 $ 27,320
Hot Springs, AR 190 5.14 3.21 $ 15.21 $ 31,630
Jacksonville, NC 210 4.27 2.66 $ 11.42 $ 23,750
Asheville, NC 770 4.13 2.58 $ 12.59 $ 26,180
Santa Fe, NM 220 3.93 2.45 $ 14.77 $ 30,720
Ames, IA 170 3.71 2.31 $ 17.52 $ 36,440
Lawrence, KS 160 3.53 2.20 $ 11.73 $ 24,400
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 180 3.52 2.20 $ 12.61 $ 26,240