Employment and wages in pet-related industries

December 04, 2015

In March 2015, a total of 55,817 people worked in animal food manufacturing, earning an average weekly wage of $1,255. Pet and pet supplies stores employed 113,067, earning an average weekly wage of $418. Veterinary services employed 333,291, earning an average weekly wage of $650.

Establishments, employment, and average weekly wages in pet related industries, first quarter 2015
Industry Quarterly establishments Average weekly wage March 2015 employment

Veterinary services

30,077 $650 333,291

Pet and pet supplies stores

9,265 $418 113,067

Pet care, except veterinary, services

15,625 $363 90,174

Animal food manufacturing

2,124 $1,255 55,817

Iowa had the highest concentration of employment in animal food manufacturing, employing a little more than six times the national average, or 3,866 jobs. Kansas had the second highest concentration, also a little more than six times the national average, employing 3,436. We measure this concentration with the location quotient. A location quotient greater than 1 means the state has a higher share of employment than the national average.

Animal food manufacturing by state, March 2015 employment location quotients


1.9 and higher
 
1.0 to 1.8
 
0.7 to 0.9
 
0.3 to 0.6
 
0.2 and lower
 
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. For more information on location quotients and to calculate location quotients for other areas and industries, use the Location Quotient Calculator.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment and wages in pet-related industries on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/employment-and-wages-in-pet-related-industries.htm (visited October 15, 2018).

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