Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
86,650 2.6 % $9.43 $19,620 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.23 $7.25 $8.48 $10.67 $14.09
Annual Wage (2) $12,950 $15,090 $17,640 $22,200 $29,310

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other professional and technical services 19,880 $8.45 $17,580
Other miscellaneous store retailers 10,730 $8.26 $17,180
Social advocacy organizations 8,510 $8.87 $18,450
Spectator sports 6,190 $9.56 $19,870
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 4,680 $11.85 $24,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 500 $16.00 $33,270
State government (OES designation) 180 $14.01 $29,150
Traveler accommodation 130 $13.95 $29,020
Local government (OES designation) 3,070 $13.14 $27,330
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 4,680 $11.85 $24,640

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
Kentucky 2,180 $8.88 $18,460 0.126%
Maryland 3,100 $10.00 $20,790 0.125%
New Hampshire 760 $8.67 $18,040 0.123%
Colorado 2,350 $10.09 $21,000 0.110%
New Mexico 770 $9.13 $18,980 0.102%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Idaho (7) $14.18 $29,490 (7)
District of Columbia 150 $12.22 $25,410 0.025%
Hawaii 250 $11.90 $24,750 0.044%
Alaska 120 $11.17 $23,230 0.041%
Washington 1,700 $10.63 $22,120 0.065%

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 560 $8.93 $18,580 0.624%
Galveston-Texas City, TX PMSA 250 $9.34 $19,420 0.285%
Lexington, KY MSA 730 $9.53 $19,820 0.279%
Wheeling, WV-OH MSA 160 $8.10 $16,850 0.250%
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA 660 $8.66 $18,010 0.230%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boise City, ID MSA (7) $16.12 $33,540 (7)
Modesto, CA MSA 50 $14.01 $29,140 0.031%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,070 $12.73 $26,470 0.112%
Honolulu, HI MSA 140 $12.37 $25,720 0.033%
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 80 $12.30 $25,580 0.072%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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