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Animal Caretakers in Colorado

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Animal Caretakers in Colorado

Is Colorado a good place for you to work as an Animal Caretaker?

27.5% Jobs Projection
$24,050 Median Salary
1,390 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Animal Caretakers in Colorado are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Animal Caretakers in Colorado is growing faster than average.

  • Animal Caretakers in Colorado earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Animal Caretakers Work in Colorado?

In Colorado, there were 4,930 people working as Animal Caretakers in the year 2018.

There were 4,790 Animal Caretakers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 140 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 2,350 Animal Caretakers working in it, which means Colorado has more Animal Caretakers than average.


Job Projections for Colorado

Jobs for Animal Caretakers in this state are growing at a rate of 27.5% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 24.2%.


Colorado Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 1,390 annual Animal Caretakers job openings in Colorado, and 8,480 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 46,200 annual jobs and 300,000 total jobs in 2026.

What do Animal Caretakers Make in Colorado?

In 2018 wages for Animal Caretakers ranged from $21,230 to $38,060 with $24,050 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $10.21 to $18.3. The median hourly rate was $11.57.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $10.97 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.60.

The median salary in Colorado is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Colorado Metros for Animal Caretakers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Animal Caretakers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,680 $24,250
Colorado Springs, CO 550 $24,010
Fort Collins, CO 460 $23,870
Boulder, CO 380 $24,650
Greeley, CO 180 $24,860
Pueblo, CO 170 $23,380
Grand Junction, CO 130 $22,740

Top States for Animal Caretakers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Animal Caretakers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 21,430 $26,320
Texas 15,660 $22,030
New York 13,110 $25,830
Florida 12,890 $22,980
Illinois 8,380 $22,660
Pennsylvania 8,140 $21,840
North Carolina 7,340 $22,070
Ohio 7,080 $21,200
Georgia 6,820 $22,440
Virginia 6,390 $22,730
New Jersey 5,570 $23,960
Michigan 5,130 $22,440
Colorado 4,930 $24,050
Massachusetts 4,800 $27,590
Missouri 4,660 $21,460
Washington 4,430 $27,130
Indiana 4,380 $21,370
Wisconsin 3,990 $21,000
Arizona 3,840 $24,330
Maryland 3,810 $25,260

Below are the states where Animal Caretakers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $35,530
Alaska $28,680
Massachusetts $27,590
Washington $27,130
Hawaii $26,940
California $26,320
New York $25,830
Connecticut $25,490
Maryland $25,260
Oregon $24,880

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