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Animal Caretakers in Illinois

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

18.9% Jobs Projection
$22,660 Median Salary
1,840 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Animal Caretakers Work in Illinois?

In Illinois, there were 8,380 people working as Animal Caretakers in the year 2018.

There were 8,080 Animal Caretakers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 300 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Illinois

Jobs for Animal Caretakers in this state are growing at a rate of 18.9% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 24.2%.


Illinois Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 1,840 annual Animal Caretakers job openings in Illinois, and 12,030 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 Illinois?

In 2018 wages for Animal Caretakers ranged from $18,750 to $32,590 with $22,660 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $9.02 to $15.67. The median hourly rate was $10.9.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $10.62 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.28.

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


Top Illinois 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
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,880 $22,710
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,720 $22,140
Peoria, IL 310 $23,460
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 300 $23,000
Rockford, IL 190 $21,800
Springfield, IL 160 $21,260
Bloomington, IL 120 $22,490
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 100 $20,510
Decatur, IL 70 $21,630
Champaign-Urbana, IL 70 $25,570
Carbondale-Marion, IL 50 $20,540

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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