Nonfarm animal caretakers
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Animal care and service workers attend to animals.
Titles for this career often contain these words
AnimalDogKennelCarePetKeeperWorkerCaretakerAttendantRaiserSitterGroomerTechnicianFeederCatPoundWalkerAssistantTakerRehabilitatorBirdBatherZooGiverACGServiceHandlerHealthNurseryShelterAquaristAquariumTankTenderCanaryBarberBeauticianBoarderDaycareHairClipperFarrierGroomingHotAideHelperOperatorTechLeadPonyRiderMammalogistMiceMonkeyParakeetSpecialistStylistPoundmasterReptileRingmanStockWildWildlifeZookeeper
Education
Only 19% of nonfarm animal caretakers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by nonfarm animal caretakers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Employment
Workforce size
Nonfarm animal caretakers, with 285,600 workers, form a larger workforce than 83% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for nonfarm animal caretakers are expected to grow by 16%, and should have about 54,500 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Nonfarm animal caretakers are more likely to be automated than 63% of other careers.
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Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 97% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for nonfarm animal caretakers. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most nonfarm animal caretakers.
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Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 70% of nonfarm animal caretakers -- that's a larger percentage than 83% of other jobs.
Gender of nonfarm animal caretakers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For nonfarm animal caretakers, the median men's salary was 10% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 10% of nonfarm animal caretakers are minority, and 10% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of nonfarm animal caretakers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (10%)
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Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Nonfarm Animal Caretakers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 19% of nonfarm animal caretakers, and 25% have company-sponsored health insurance (17% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for nonfarm animal caretakers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
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Injury and Illness
About 186 nonfarm animal caretakers become injured or ill for every 10,000 workers, making this job more dangerous than 87% of other careers. The most common specific illnesses or injuries are detailed following.
All cuts, lacerations, punctures
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Fractures
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of nonfarm animal caretakers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (66%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (64%)
  • Time Pressure (57%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (56%)
  • Consequence of Error (49%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (45%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (44%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (39%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (33%)
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Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do nonfarm animal caretakers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for nonfarm animal caretakers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for nonfarm animal caretakers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for nonfarm animal caretakers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all nonfarm animal caretakers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for nonfarm animal caretakers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for nonfarm animal caretakers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where nonfarm animal caretakers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Nonfarm animal caretakers (ACS)
Private for-profit (57.8%)
Private not-for-profit (10.0%)
Local government (2.6%)
State government (1.3%)
Federal government (0.5%)
Self-employed incorporated (6.9%)
Self-employed not incorporated (20.6%)
Working without pay (0.3%)
Distribution: Salaries of nonfarm animal caretakers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
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Distribution: Salaries of nonfarm animal caretakers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for nonfarm animal caretakers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? This first chart suggests how much this job rewards experience with increased salaries.

Now let's dive a little deeper. Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Nonfarm animal caretakers and gender

With 70% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 83% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Nonfarm animal caretakers
Men (30%)
Women (70%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 21%. The situation is a little better for nonfarm animal caretakers, with the median salary for men 10% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Nonfarm animal caretakers have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 72% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of nonfarm animal caretakers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority nonfarm animal caretakers than for 91% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of nonfarm animal caretakers
White (85% )
Other (5% )
Black (4% )
Multiracial (3% )
Asian (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Distribution: Salaries for nonfarm animal caretakers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for nonfarm animal caretakers by nativity
$24K$25K$0$20K$40K$60KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Part-time/Full-time
Nonfarm animal caretakers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 44% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 92% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time nonfarm animal caretakers is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by nonfarm animal caretakers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nonfarm animal caretakers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as nonfarm animal caretakers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for nonfarm animal caretakers.

Education attained by nonfarm animal caretakers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for nonfarm animal caretakers

Animal care and service workers typically need at least a high school diploma or equivalent.

Although pet groomers typically learn by working under the guidance of an experienced groomer, they can also attend grooming schools.

Animal trainers usually need a high school diploma or equivalent, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree. For example, marine mammal trainers usually need a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, animal science, biology, or a related field.

Dog trainers and horse trainers may take courses at community colleges or vocational and private training schools.

Most zoos require zookeepers to have a bachelor’s degree in biology, animal science, or a related field.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for nonfarm animal caretakers

Although not required, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills. For example, professional associations and private vocational and state-approved trade schools offer certification for dog trainers.

The National Dog Groomers Association of America offers certification for master status as a groomer. Both the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International offer a home-study certification program for pet sitters. Marine mammal trainers should be certified in scuba diving.

Many states require self-employed animal care and service workers to have a business license.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for nonfarm animal caretakers? Below we see the distribution of nonfarm animal caretakers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as nonfarm animal caretakers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$21K$24K$23K$26K$29K$30K$0$20K$40K$60KNone (9%)High School (35%)Some College (28%)Associate's Degree (9%)Bachelor's Degree (16%)Master's Degree (2%)
Certificate/Associate's degree pathways

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Program
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Less than bachelor's
bachelor's degree
Higher than bachelor's
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Dog/Pet/Animal Grooming
154
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for nonfarm animal caretakers

What jobs will most nonfarm animal caretakers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of nonfarm animal caretakers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Nonfarm animal caretakersManagers (specialized areas)Health Practitioner Support Technologists and TechniciansFirst-line supervisors of personal service workersRetail salespersonsCustomer service representativesMaids and housekeeping cleaners
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for nonfarm animal caretakers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 2 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as nonfarm animal caretakers as well as 1% of respondents after working as nonfarm animal caretakers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for nonfarm animal caretakers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Managers (specialized areas)
93,700
$0$200K$73K
Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
76,700
$0$200K$33K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for nonfarm animal caretakers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as nonfarm animal caretakers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of nonfarm animal caretakers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

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Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for nonfarm animal caretakers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Waiters and waitresses
539,000
$0$200K$21K
1.3%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
380,700
$0$200K$37K
1.3%
Janitors and building cleaners
345,300
$0$200K$27K
1.4%
Receptionists and information clerks
157,900
$0$200K$27K
1.1%
Agricultural workers (specialized areas)
145,100
$0$200K$22K
1.8%
Managers (specialized areas)
93,700
$0$200K$73K
2.4%
Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
76,700
$0$200K$33K
1.7%
Nonfarm animal caretakers
54,500
$0$200K$25K
50.7%
Personal care and service workers
18,100
$0$200K$25K
2.4%
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers
18,100
$0$200K$25K
1.6%
Animal trainers
7,600
$0$200K$29K
1.5%
No occupation
13.3%
Read about nonfarm animal caretakers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Animal care and service workers typically do the following:

  • Give food and water to animals
  • Clean equipment and the living spaces of animals
  • Monitor animals and record details of their diet, physical condition, and behavior
  • Examine animals for signs of illness or injury
  • Exercise animals
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Train animals to obey or to behave in a specific manner

The following are types of animal care and service workers:

Animal trainers teach animals a variety of skills, such as obedience, performance, riding, security, and assisting people with disabilities. They familiarize animals with human voices and contact, and they teach animals to respond to commands. Most animal trainers work with dogs and horses, but some work with marine mammals, such as dolphins. Trainers teach a variety of skills. For example, some train dogs to guide people with disabilities, or they may train animals for a competition.

Groomers specialize in maintaining a pet’s appearance. They typically groom dogs and cats, which may include cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling fur; clipping nails; and cleaning ears. Groomers also schedule appointments, sell products to pet owners, and identify problems that may require veterinary attention.

Groomers may work in or operate a grooming salon, kennel, veterinary clinic, pet supply store, or mobile grooming service, a self-contained business that travels to clients’ homes.

Grooms work at stables, caring for horses and maintaining equipment. Responsibilities include feeding, grooming, and exercising horses; cleaning stalls; polishing saddles; and organizing the tack room, which stores harnesses, saddles, and bridles. Experienced grooms sometimes help train horses.

Kennel attendants care for pets, often overnight, in place of owners. They clean cages and dog runs and feed, exercise, and play with animals. Experienced attendants also may provide basic healthcare, bathe animals, and attend to other basic grooming needs.

Nonfarm animal caretakers typically work with cats and dogs in animal shelters or rescue leagues. All caretakers attend to the basic needs of animals and may have administrative duties, such as keeping records, answering questions from the public, educating visitors about pet health, and screening people who want to adopt an animal. Experienced caretakers may have more responsibilities, such as helping to vaccinate or euthanize animals alongside a veterinarian.

Pet sitters look after animals while the pet owner is away. Most pet sitters feed, walk, and play with pets daily. They go to the pet owner’s home, allowing the pet to stay in its familiar surroundings and follow its routine. Experienced pet sitters also may bathe, groom, or train pets. Pet sitters typically watch over dogs, but some also take care of cats and other pets.

Zookeepers care for animals in zoos. They plan diets, feed animals, and monitor the animals’ eating patterns. They also clean the animals’ enclosures and monitor behavior for signs of illness or injury. Depending on the size of the zoo, they may work with one species or multiple species of animals. Zookeepers may help raise young animals, and they often spend time answering questions from the public.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of nonfarm animal caretakers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Compassion
Animal care and service workers must be compassionate when dealing with animals and their owners. They should treat animals with kindness.
Customer-service skills
Animal care and service workers should understand pet owners’ needs so they can provide excellent customer service. Some workers may need to deal with distraught pet owners. For example, caretakers working in animal shelters may need to reassure owners looking for a lost pet.
Detail oriented
Animal care and service workers are often responsible for maintaining records and monitoring changes in animals’ behavior.
Patience
All animal caretakers and animal trainers need to be patient when working with animals.
Physical stamina
Animal care and service workers must be able to kneel, crawl, and lift heavy supplies, such as bags of food.
Problem-solving skills
Animal trainers must be able to assess whether animals are responding to teaching methods and to identify which methods are successful.
Reliability
Animal care and service workers need to care for animals on schedule and in a timely manner.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for nonfarm animal caretakers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 97% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for nonfarm animal caretakers. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for nonfarm animal caretakers are anticipated to grow by 16% over the next decade; only 6% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for nonfarm animal caretakers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most nonfarm animal caretakers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as nonfarm animal caretakers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Nonfarm Animal Caretakers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where nonfarm animal caretakers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for nonfarm animal caretakers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for nonfarm animal caretakers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
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BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Nonfarm Animal Caretakers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which nonfarm animal caretakers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Nonfarm animal caretakers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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