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Animal Caretakers (39-2021) in Northwest Workforce Development Area
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Northwest WDA (1Q 2023)
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Estimated employment470
Mean wage$17.63
Entry wage$14.29
10th percentile wage$14.03
50th percentile wage$15.28
90th percentile wage$24.18
 Top Employing Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Percent
Other Services29061.3%
Professional and Business Services5010.6%
Trade, Transportation,, and Utilities408.8%
Natural resouces and mining407.8%
 Top Paying Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Median Wage
Natural resouces and mining40$24.72
Trade, Transportation,, and Utilities40$15.35
Other Services290$15.10
Professional and Business Services50$14.62
Animal Caretakers (39-2021)
Feed, water, groom, bathe, exercise, or otherwise provide care to promote and maintain the well-being of pets and other animals that are not raised for consumption, such as dogs, cats, race horses, 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. Excludes Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers (31-9096) and Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals (45-2093).
Median Wage History
YearThis OccupationCompared to Occupational GroupDifference
Current  $15.28 $15.38 -$0.10
YearThis OccupationCompared to All OccupationsDifference
Current  $15.28 $23.90 -$8.62
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 2023
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
Southwest $16.68  740  
South Central $15.34  580  
Northwest $15.28  470  
North Central $15.18  870  
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
North Central $15.18  870  
Southwest $16.68  740  
South Central $15.34  580  
Northwest $15.28  470  
Wages in other areas
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