Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
190,520 1.4 % $12.10 $25,170 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.60 $9.50 $11.03 $13.39 $17.61
Annual Wage (2) $17,880 $19,760 $22,950 $27,860 $36,630


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 85,750 26.34 $11.95 $24,860
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 31,900 4.56 $11.61 $24,140
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 30,290 9.14 $11.12 $23,130
Social Advocacy Organizations 11,740 5.53 $11.44 $23,800
Spectator Sports 8,400 5.92 $12.71 $26,440

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 85,750 26.34 $11.95 $24,860
Support Activities for Animal Production 3,070 10.11 $13.84 $28,780
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 30,290 9.14 $11.12 $23,130
Spectator Sports 8,400 5.92 $12.71 $26,440
Social Advocacy Organizations 11,740 5.53 $11.44 $23,800

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) 430 0.02 $19.74 $41,060
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $18.65 $38,780
Junior Colleges (8) (8) $18.02 $37,480
Scientific Research and Development Services 820 0.13 $17.08 $35,530
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 50 0.03 $16.60 $34,540


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 20,870 1.25 0.94 $14.26 $29,670
Texas 14,010 1.18 0.88 $11.12 $23,130
New York 13,230 1.44 1.07 $13.38 $27,830
Florida 12,220 1.45 1.09 $11.75 $24,440
Illinois 8,080 1.36 1.02 $11.57 $24,060




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)
Kentucky 3,780 2.02 1.51 $11.55 $24,030
Montana 890 1.93 1.45 $12.04 $25,030
Colorado 4,790 1.87 1.40 $12.37 $25,730
South Carolina 3,360 1.67 1.25 $11.07 $23,020
Virginia 6,300 1.66 1.24 $11.94 $24,830




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 510 0.72 0.54 $16.37 $34,050
Washington 4,050 1.27 0.95 $14.48 $30,120
California 20,870 1.25 0.94 $14.26 $29,670
Massachusetts 4,530 1.28 0.96 $14.12 $29,380
Connecticut 2,150 1.30 0.97 $13.80 $28,700



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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 7,820 1.17 0.87 $14.29 $29,720
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,150 1.41 1.05 $11.65 $24,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,980 1.12 0.84 $14.56 $30,280
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,870 1.86 1.39 $12.18 $25,330
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,100 1.40 1.05 $10.54 $21,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,800 1.51 1.13 $13.68 $28,450
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 3,300 2.53 1.89 $13.05 $27,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,220 1.29 0.97 $10.90 $22,660
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 2,690 1.88 1.40 $15.15 $31,510
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,630 1.94 1.45 $11.69 $24,310


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ocala, FL 760 7.61 5.70 $12.07 $25,110
Hot Springs, AR 160 4.43 3.32 $10.82 $22,500
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,130 4.13 3.09 $12.56 $26,120
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 150 3.53 2.64 $9.87 $20,540
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 130 3.33 2.49 $9.77 $20,330
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 230 3.21 2.40 $12.58 $26,160
Auburn-Opelika, AL 170 3.04 2.27 $10.37 $21,580
Athens-Clarke County, GA 240 2.80 2.10 $9.99 $20,770
Fort Collins, CO 410 2.63 1.97 $11.66 $24,260
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 250 2.60 1.95 $12.91 $26,850