Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

45-2021 Animal Breeders

Breed animals, including cattle, goats, horses, sheep, swine, poultry, dogs, cats, or pet birds. Select and breed animals according to their genealogy, characteristics, and offspring. May require a knowledge of artificial insemination techniques and equipment use. May involve keeping records on heats, birth intervals, or pedigree. Exclude "Nonfarm Animal Caretakers" (39-2021) who may occasionally breed animals as part of their other caretaking duties. Exclude "Animal Scientists" (19-1011) whose primary function is research.

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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)
1,590 8.5 % $14.11 $29,340 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.51 $9.42 $12.06 $17.38 $23.95
Annual Wage (2) $15,630 $19,600 $25,090 $36,140 $49,810

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
Support activities for animal production 1,070 $15.03 $31,260 1 2
Spectator sports 100 $10.01 $20,820 2 4
Support activities for crop production 30 $12.24 $25,460 3 3

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Electronic markets and agents and brokers (6) $27.44 $57,070 (6) 1
Support activities for animal production 1,070 $15.03 $31,260 1 2
Support activities for crop production 30 $12.24 $25,460 3 3
Spectator sports 100 $10.01 $20,820 2 4
Other personal services (6) $9.34 $19,420 (6) 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
Kentucky 160 $10.81 $22,480 0.009% 470
Wisconsin 220 $13.49 $28,070 0.008% 456
Iowa 40 $10.54 $21,930 0.003% 506
Virginia 60 $10.54 $21,930 0.002% 567
Texas 40 $16.52 $34,360 0.000% 301

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Texas 40 $16.52 $34,360 (6) 301
Wisconsin 220 $13.49 $28,070 0.008% 456
Illinois (6) $12.24 $25,460 (6) 546
California 70 $10.98 $22,830 (6) 605
Kentucky 160 $10.81 $22,480 0.009% 470

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
Lexington, KY MSA 100 $10.30 $21,420 0.039%
Columbus, OH MSA 60 $21.64 $45,000 0.007%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Columbus, OH MSA 60 $21.64 $45,000 0.007%
Lexington, KY MSA 100 $10.30 $21,420 0.039%

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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).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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