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Nonfarm Animal Caretakers Salary Information

The salary statistics of nonfarm animal caretakers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of nonfarm animal caretakers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The nonfarm animal caretakers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Nonfarm Animal Caretakers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$33,880
75th Percentile Wage
$25,060
50th Percentile Wage
$20,340
25th Percentile Wage
$18,020
10th Percentile Wage
$16,750

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for nonfarm animal caretakers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) nonfarm animal caretakers is $33,880. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,750. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 102% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $20,340 2.16%
2013 $19,910 1.12%
2012 $19,690 0.92%
2011 $19,510 -0.20%
2010 $19,550 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for nonfarm animal caretakers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 4.04%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.12%. We also see the year 2012 had a salary increase 0.92% while year 2011 had a negtive growth of -0.20%.

Table 3. Average Salary of Nonfarm Animal Caretakers vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Animal Trainers
$25,770
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
$20,340

Table 4. Nonfarm Animal Caretakers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of nonfarm animal caretakers in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for nonfarm animal caretakers occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $31,930. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $19,210).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$31,930
Federal, State, and Local Government
$30,140
Manufacturing
$29,290
Educational Services
$27,960
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,010
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$22,980
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,910
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$22,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$21,660
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$20,930
Wholesale Trade
$20,840
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,310
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$19,390
Retail Trade
$19,210

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Nonfarm Animal Caretakers by States

From the above tables we note that not only nonfarm animal caretakers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of nonfarm animal caretakers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,810 to $25,540. The highest paying state for nonfarm animal caretakers is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $25,540. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,810. For more salary information of nonfarm animal caretakers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$25,540
Washington
$23,140
Massachusetts
$22,950
Vermont
$22,810
New Jersey
$22,790
District of Columbia
$22,770
California
$22,430
Oregon
$22,210
New York
$22,190
Alaska
$22,030
Rhode Island
$21,670
Maryland
$21,530
Connecticut
$21,450
New Mexico
$21,450
Wyoming
$21,410
Nevada
$21,300
North Dakota
$21,150
Nebraska
$20,760
Florida
$20,720
Louisiana
$20,430
Montana
$20,230
Minnesota
$20,100
Maine
$20,040
Georgia
$19,890
Virginia
$19,720
Illinois
$19,610
Arizona
$19,560
Michigan
$19,510
Tennessee
$19,490
Iowa
$19,460
Colorado
$19,360
New Hampshire
$19,350
Pennsylvania
$19,300
West Virginia
$19,260
Delaware
$19,230
Texas
$19,210
Mississippi
$19,190
Kentucky
$19,170
North Carolina
$19,090
Ohio
$19,060
South Dakota
$19,050
South Carolina
$19,010
Alabama
$18,940
Utah
$18,940
Missouri
$18,870
Oklahoma
$18,810
Wisconsin
$18,810
Idaho
$18,740
Kansas
$18,670
Indiana
$18,660
Arkansas
$18,300
Puerto Rico
$17,810