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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
199,850 1.4 % $12.45 $25,890 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.73 $9.81 $11.42 $13.84 $17.91
Annual Wage (2) $18,160 $20,400 $23,760 $28,780 $37,250


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 92,090 27.00 $12.37 $25,720
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 34,080 4.68 $11.63 $24,180
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 31,890 9.20 $11.74 $24,410
Social Advocacy Organizations 10,860 5.04 $11.74 $24,410
Spectator Sports 7,430 5.15 $12.97 $26,980

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 92,090 27.00 $12.37 $25,720
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 31,890 9.20 $11.74 $24,410
Support Activities for Animal Production 2,600 8.46 $15.01 $31,230
Spectator Sports 7,430 5.15 $12.97 $26,980
Social Advocacy Organizations 10,860 5.04 $11.74 $24,410

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) 420 0.02 $20.09 $41,780
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $19.09 $39,710
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing (8) (8) $18.05 $37,540
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,110 0.16 $16.61 $34,550
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 110 (7) $16.43 $34,180


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 21,430 1.26 0.91 $14.34 $29,830
Texas 15,660 1.29 0.94 $11.26 $23,420
New York 13,110 1.40 1.01 $14.32 $29,780
Florida 12,890 1.50 1.08 $11.91 $24,770
Illinois 8,380 1.40 1.01 $11.80 $24,550




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 4,930 1.88 1.36 $13.23 $27,510
Montana 860 1.85 1.34 $12.39 $25,770
New Hampshire 1,130 1.73 1.25 $11.93 $24,810
Kansas 2,350 1.71 1.24 $11.00 $22,890
Rhode Island 810 1.69 1.22 $13.72 $28,550




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 530 0.74 0.53 $17.08 $35,520
Alaska 390 1.25 0.91 $14.92 $31,040
Massachusetts 4,800 1.34 0.97 $14.87 $30,930
Washington 4,430 1.36 0.98 $14.49 $30,130
California 21,430 1.26 0.91 $14.34 $29,830





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,200 1.28 0.93 $14.50 $30,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,810 1.28 0.92 $13.59 $28,260
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,880 1.48 1.07 $11.77 $24,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,650 1.73 1.26 $12.17 $25,300
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,500 1.58 1.14 $11.91 $24,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,480 1.43 1.03 $14.68 $30,540
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,440 1.25 0.90 $11.20 $23,300
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,090 1.37 0.99 $10.72 $22,300
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,970 1.53 1.11 $12.30 $25,580
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,700 1.34 0.97 $14.69 $30,560