Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
187,360 1.4 % $11.74 $24,420 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.44 $9.17 $10.57 $12.95 $17.24
Annual Wage (2) $17,550 $19,080 $21,990 $26,940 $35,860


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 83,020 26.44 $11.60 $24,120
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 30,300 9.43 $10.72 $22,290
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 29,970 4.43 $11.31 $23,520
Social Advocacy Organizations 11,510 5.61 $11.16 $23,220
Spectator Sports 9,260 6.62 $12.46 $25,910

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 83,020 26.44 $11.60 $24,120
Support Activities for Animal Production 2,950 9.82 $12.53 $26,060
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 30,300 9.43 $10.72 $22,290
Spectator Sports 9,260 6.62 $12.46 $25,910
Social Advocacy Organizations 11,510 5.61 $11.16 $23,220

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) 480 0.02 $19.06 $39,650
State Government (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $17.72 $36,860
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 120 0.01 $17.25 $35,890
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 50 0.03 $16.75 $34,830
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (8) (8) $16.26 $33,820


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 19,730 1.24 0.93 $13.92 $28,950
Texas 14,460 1.23 0.92 $10.85 $22,570
New York 13,220 1.45 1.09 $13.15 $27,350
Florida 11,830 1.44 1.08 $11.50 $23,930
Illinois 8,580 1.45 1.09 $11.03 $22,940




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 4,840 1.93 1.45 $11.11 $23,100
Kentucky 3,560 1.90 1.43 $11.55 $24,010
Virginia 6,840 1.82 1.36 $11.86 $24,670
Idaho 1,120 1.69 1.27 $10.28 $21,370
Kansas 2,200 1.60 1.20 $10.48 $21,810




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 410 0.59 0.44 $15.49 $32,220
Hawaii 570 0.90 0.67 $14.90 $30,990
California 19,730 1.24 0.93 $13.92 $28,950
Alaska 340 1.06 0.80 $13.73 $28,570
Washington 4,470 1.46 1.09 $13.50 $28,080





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 8,380 1.27 0.95 $13.82 $28,740
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,610 1.54 1.16 $11.00 $22,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,230 1.44 1.08 $9.91 $20,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,090 1.64 1.23 $13.36 $27,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,950 0.94 0.70 $14.50 $30,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,590 1.48 1.11 $11.37 $23,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,250 1.27 0.95 $12.29 $25,560
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 2,830 2.34 1.76 $10.66 $22,170
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 2,780 2.16 1.62 $13.29 $27,650
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,670 1.92 1.44 $15.49 $32,220