Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
161,820 1.5 % $11.04 $22,970 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.06 $8.66 $9.78 $12.05 $16.29
Annual Wage (2) $16,750 $18,020 $20,340 $25,060 $33,880


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 68,000 24.09 $10.93 $22,730
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 28,650 9.55 $10.23 $21,280
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 26,010 4.11 $10.24 $21,300
Social Advocacy Organizations 10,200 5.07 $10.38 $21,580
Spectator Sports 8,290 6.10 $11.78 $24,500

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 68,000 24.09 $10.93 $22,730
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 28,650 9.55 $10.23 $21,280
Support Activities for Animal Production 2,500 8.94 $11.92 $24,800
Spectator Sports 8,290 6.10 $11.78 $24,500
Social Advocacy Organizations 10,200 5.07 $10.38 $21,580

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) 510 0.03 $18.60 $38,690
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 60 (7) $17.41 $36,210
State Government (OES Designation) 170 0.01 $16.74 $34,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,460 0.05 $15.29 $31,810
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,810 0.07 $14.91 $31,020


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 17,030 1.13 0.94 $12.63 $26,260
Texas 12,470 1.11 0.93 $10.50 $21,830
New York 10,400 1.18 0.99 $11.80 $24,540
Florida 9,480 1.24 1.03 $11.10 $23,100
Illinois 7,940 1.38 1.15 $10.77 $22,390



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 3,910 1.65 1.38 $10.81 $22,480
Virginia 5,890 1.61 1.35 $10.76 $22,380
South Carolina 2,960 1.58 1.32 $10.13 $21,070
Washington 4,560 1.57 1.31 $12.46 $25,930
Delaware 650 1.53 1.28 $10.70 $22,260



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 670 1.09 0.91 $14.45 $30,060
Oregon 2,170 1.29 1.08 $13.01 $27,050
California 17,030 1.13 0.94 $12.63 $26,260
Washington 4,560 1.57 1.31 $12.46 $25,930
New Jersey 4,460 1.15 0.96 $12.25 $25,480




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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,440 1.45 1.21 $10.91 $22,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,690 0.68 0.57 $12.58 $26,160
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,650 1.28 1.07 $9.56 $19,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,620 1.52 1.27 $12.02 $25,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,580 0.88 0.74 $11.96 $24,890
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 3,060 2.43 2.03 $12.09 $25,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,010 1.35 1.12 $11.14 $23,160
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,800 1.17 0.98 $10.86 $22,600
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,530 1.69 1.41 $12.81 $26,650
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,430 1.84 1.53 $14.04 $29,210