Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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. Exclude "Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers" (31-9096).

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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)
86,700 2.0 % $9.01 $18,750 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.13 $6.95 $8.21 $10.26 $13.39
Annual Wage (2) $12,750 $14,450 $17,080 $21,350 $27,850

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other personal services 25,330 $9.03 $18,780 1 18
Other professional and technical services 22,410 $8.10 $16,850 2 24
Social advocacy organizations 7,790 $8.32 $17,310 3 22
Other miscellaneous store retailers 7,150 $8.08 $16,800 4 25
Spectator sports 6,350 $8.94 $18,600 5 19

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 630 $14.44 $30,040 12 1
General medical and surgical hospitals 50 $13.26 $27,580 28 2
Local government (OES designation) 4,590 $12.90 $26,830 6 3
Amusement parks and arcades 860 $12.77 $26,560 10 4
State government (OES designation) 250 $12.55 $26,100 16 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Delaware 460 $9.17 $19,070 0.115% 458
New Hampshire 660 $8.93 $18,570 0.109% 518
Vermont 310 $8.97 $18,650 0.106% 467
Arizona 2,390 $8.46 $17,590 0.106% 577
Maryland 2,530 $9.61 $19,980 0.104% 586

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Hawaii 460 $10.34 $21,510 0.084% 434
District of Columbia 110 $10.32 $21,460 0.018% 383
Illinois 2,540 $10.18 $21,160 0.044% 613
Washington 2,180 $10.14 $21,080 0.085% 617
California 10,420 $10.11 $21,030 0.072% 636

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Ocala, FL MSA 370 $8.14 $16,940 0.444%
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA 580 $7.86 $16,350 0.212%
Fort Walton Beach, FL MSA 150 $8.07 $16,790 0.187%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 120 $9.60 $19,960 0.162%
Lincoln, NE MSA 230 $7.92 $16,470 0.158%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Salinas, CA MSA 80 $13.94 $28,990 0.053%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 240 $12.90 $26,820 0.103%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 990 $11.91 $24,770 0.099%
Orange County, CA PMSA 950 $11.63 $24,190 0.067%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 200 $11.61 $24,150 0.103%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

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(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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