Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
85,440 2.4 % $9.08 $18,890 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.11 $6.98 $8.26 $10.41 $13.40
Annual Wage (2) $12,700 $14,510 $17,190 $21,650 $27,870

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 23,570 $9.12 $18,970 1 14
Other professional and technical services 22,960 $8.31 $17,270 2 23
Other miscellaneous store retailers 7,840 $8.06 $16,760 3 25
Social advocacy organizations 7,600 $8.42 $17,500 4 21
Spectator sports 6,470 $8.90 $18,510 5 18

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 590 $15.03 $31,270 11 1
Local government (OES designation) 3,720 $12.78 $26,570 6 2
Amusement parks and arcades 1,030 $12.77 $26,560 9 3
State government (OES designation) 250 $12.69 $26,400 14 4
Management of companies and enterprises (6) $12.38 $25,760 (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
Maryland 2,880 $9.81 $20,400 0.118% 639
Virginia 3,940 $9.30 $19,350 0.116% 665
Montana 430 $7.66 $15,940 0.109% 554
Kansas 1,360 $7.74 $16,100 0.105% 634
New Hampshire 620 $9.13 $18,990 0.103% 567

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 60 $11.11 $23,110 0.010% 398
Illinois 2,420 $10.66 $22,180 0.042% 652
Hawaii 460 $10.50 $21,850 0.083% 453
Connecticut 1,300 $10.39 $21,600 0.079% 594
Washington 2,160 $10.29 $21,400 0.084% 670

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 280 $8.44 $17,560 0.336%
Flagstaff, AZ-UT MSA 130 $9.34 $19,430 0.241%
Melbourne-Titusville-Palm Bay, FL MSA 450 $7.33 $15,250 0.239%
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA 640 $8.48 $17,650 0.232%
Fort Walton Beach, FL MSA 150 $7.97 $16,580 0.187%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tacoma, WA PMSA 240 $12.98 $27,000 0.102%
Chicago, IL PMSA 1,410 $12.58 $26,170 0.035%
Springfield, MA MSA (6) $11.93 $24,810 (6)
Hartford, CT MSA 310 $11.46 $23,840 0.052%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 130 $11.42 $23,760 0.084%

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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) 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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