Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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. Excludes "Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers" (31-9096).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 29082$13.74/hr$10.45/hr$11.30/hr$12.62/hr$14.84/hr$18.84/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities570$13.69/hr
Professional and Business Services580$12.08/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality20$12.15/hr
Other Services1,970$12.06/hr
Public Administration70$26.61/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southeast Balance of State N/A$12.22/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$11.27/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 100$11.68/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 110$11.11/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 120$11.49/hr16.6%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 120$9.99/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 120$11.44/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 130$16.24/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 150$10.72/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 160$11.41/hr14.3%
Rochester MN MSA 160$12.79/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 170$10.45/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 200$12.12/hr28.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 230$11.64/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 230$10.45/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 290$12.62/hr19.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,120$12.71/hr10.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,320$12.62/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,250$12.38/hr13.7%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 9,950$13.05/hr5.9%
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 1,290$14.10/hr19.9%
Childcare Workers 12,150$12.28/hr8.5%


  • Examine and observe animals to detect signs of illness, disease, or injury.
  • Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.
  • Mix food, liquid formulas, medications, or food supplements according to instructions, prescriptions, and knowledge of animal species.
  • Do facility laundry and clean, organize, maintain, and disinfect animal quarters, such as pens and stables, and equipment, such as saddles and bridles.
  • Feed and water animals according to schedules and feeding instructions.
  • Perform animal grooming duties, such as washing, brushing, clipping, and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears.
  • Answer telephones and schedule appointments.
  • Perform animal grooming duties, such as washing, brushing, clipping, and trimming coats, cutting nails, and cleaning ears.
  • Provide treatment to sick or injured animals, or contact veterinarians to secure treatment.
  • Respond to questions from patrons, and provide information about animals, such as behavior, habitat, breeding habits, or facility activities.