Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
135,070 1.6 % $10.61 $22,070 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.72 $8.41 $9.40 $11.68 $15.33
Annual Wage (2) $16,050 $17,490 $19,550 $24,290 $31,880


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 48,250 20.61 $10.67 $22,200
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 26,770 4.62 $9.96 $20,720
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 23,110 8.57 $9.45 $19,660
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,650 5.09 $10.18 $21,170
Spectator Sports 8,800 6.71 $10.91 $22,700

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 48,250 20.61 $10.67 $22,200
Support Activities for Animal Production 2,420 8.97 $11.75 $24,440
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 23,110 8.57 $9.45 $19,660
Spectator Sports 8,800 6.71 $10.91 $22,700
Social Advocacy Organizations 9,650 5.09 $10.18 $21,170

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) 530 0.03 $18.76 $39,010
State Government (OES Designation) 170 0.01 $16.32 $33,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 80 (7) $16.25 $33,800
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 110 0.04 $14.81 $30,800
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,770 0.07 $13.92 $28,950


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 14,470 1.03 0.97 $11.46 $23,850
Texas 10,820 1.07 1.01 $9.99 $20,770
New York 8,600 1.03 0.97 $11.54 $24,010
Florida 7,830 1.10 1.04 $10.55 $21,940
Illinois 6,970 1.26 1.19 $10.74 $22,340




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)
Delaware 660 1.67 1.57 $11.54 $24,010
West Virginia 1,000 1.45 1.36 $9.26 $19,260
Maryland 3,570 1.45 1.36 $12.05 $25,070
Virginia 4,870 1.38 1.30 $10.35 $21,520
Arizona 3,080 1.30 1.22 $10.16 $21,140




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 110 0.17 0.16 $15.72 $32,700
Hawaii 400 0.70 0.66 $14.45 $30,050
Alaska 300 0.99 0.93 $14.01 $29,150
Maryland 3,570 1.45 1.36 $12.05 $25,070
Connecticut 1,860 1.16 1.10 $11.92 $24,790

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,000 1.41 1.33 $10.67 $22,190
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,800 0.76 0.72 $12.67 $26,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,440 0.90 0.85 $11.31 $23,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,900 1.32 1.24 $11.18 $23,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,850 1.25 1.17 $11.47 $23,860
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,730 1.09 1.03 $9.88 $20,550
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,590 1.30 1.22 $10.83 $22,540
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,390 1.42 1.34 $10.15 $21,100
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,040 1.65 1.55 $12.36 $25,710
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,970 1.64 1.54 $11.55 $24,030




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 360 4.05 3.81 $10.34 $21,500
Lexington-Fayette, KY 750 3.12 2.94 $9.79 $20,370
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 50 3.09 2.90 $12.64 $26,280
Pascagoula, MS 170 3.06 2.88 $8.40 $17,480
Barnstable Town, MA 280 2.96 2.78 $11.44 $23,790
Hot Springs, AR 100 2.77 2.61 $9.46 $19,680
Jacksonville, NC 120 2.67 2.52 $9.62 $20,010
Boulder, CO 410 2.67 2.51 $10.03 $20,850
Prescott, AZ 140 2.56 2.41 $10.78 $22,430
Ames, IA 100 2.56 2.41 $13.81 $28,720




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Honolulu, HI 240 0.57 0.54 $15.12 $31,440
Champaign-Urbana, IL 120 1.26 1.19 $14.43 $30,010
Anchorage, AK 250 1.55 1.46 $14.39 $29,920
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,440 1.51 1.43 $14.07 $29,270
Ames, IA 100 2.56 2.41 $13.81 $28,720
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 50 1.30 1.23 $13.47 $28,010
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 380 1.89 1.78 $12.99 $27,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 670 0.78 0.74 $12.99 $27,010
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 570 1.04 0.98 $12.88 $26,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,800 0.76 0.72 $12.67 $26,340

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 350 1.51 1.42 $9.77 $20,320
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 330 0.88 0.83 $9.42 $19,580
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 300 1.64 1.55 $9.19 $19,120
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 240 1.32 1.24 $10.12 $21,060
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 1.35 1.27 $9.53 $19,830

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 80 3.94 3.71 $10.95 $22,790
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 110 3.05 2.87 $11.53 $23,990
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 140 2.94 2.76 $12.43 $25,850
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 1.98 1.87 $8.96 $18,640
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 110 1.97 1.86 $9.53 $19,820

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.42 0.40 $16.44 $34,190
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 160 1.05 0.99 $13.44 $27,950
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 0.50 $12.95 $26,940
Linn County, Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 1.14 1.07 $12.95 $26,930
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 0.34 $12.78 $26,570


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011