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Southwest Workforce Development Area (1Q 2017)
All Industry
Estimated employment590
Mean wage$15.61
Entry wage$10.62
10th percentile wage$9.98
50th percentile wage$13.61
90th percentile wage$26.32
Top Employing Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Percent
Other Services21036.5%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities13022.5%
Public Administration203.6%
Professional and Business Services
Top Paying Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Median Wage
Leisure and Hospitality27.56
Public Administration2016.87
Professional and Business Services16.20
Trade, Transportation and Utilities13011.94
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers (39-2021)
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).
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$13.61 $13.30  $0.31
2016$13.00+4.7%$12.70 +4.7%$0.30
2015$12.77+1.7%$12.48 +1.7%$0.29
2014$12.52+2.0%$12.23 +2.0%$0.29
2013$12.36+1.3%$12.08 +1.3%$0.28
2012$12.18+1.5%$11.90 +1.5%$0.28
2011$12.01+1.4%$11.74 +1.4%$0.27
2010$11.88+1.1%$11.61 +1.1%$0.27
2009$11.65+2.0%$11.39 +2.0%$0.27
2008$11.33+2.8%$11.08 +2.8%$0.26
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$13.61 $23.83  -$10.22
2016$13.00+4.7%$23.07 +3.3%-$10.07
2015$12.77+1.7%$22.59 +2.1%-$9.81
2014$12.52+2.0%$22.10 +2.2%-$9.58
2013$12.36+1.3%$21.66 +2.1%-$9.29
2012$12.18+1.5%$21.29 +1.7%-$9.10
2011$12.01+1.4%$20.95 +1.6%-$8.93
2010$11.88+1.1%$20.60 +1.7%-$8.71
2009$11.65+2.0%$20.32 +1.4%-$8.66
2008$11.33+2.8%$19.80 +2.6%-$8.46
Note: The mid-wage is the median wage. The average wage is the mean wage. The entry-level wage is equal to the average of the lower third of reported wages for the occupation. The wage range consists of the 10th and 90th percentiles; 80% of workers earn between this wage range, 10% earn less while 10% earn more.
Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2017
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
Southwest $13.61590
North Central $11.41710
Eastern $11.39290
Northwest $11.23330
South Central $10.96380
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
North Central $11.41710
Southwest $13.61590
South Central $10.96380
Northwest $11.23330
Eastern $11.39290
Wages in other areas
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