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Animal Caretakers in Michigan

Want to work in Michigan as an Animal Caretaker? Read this first!

25.5% Jobs Projection
$22,440 Median Salary
1,560 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Animal Caretakers Work in Michigan?

In 2018, there were 5,130 Animal Caretakers working in the state.

There were 5,820 Animal Caretakers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 690 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Michigan

Jobs for Animal Caretakers in this state are growing at a rate of 25.5% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 24.2%.


Michigan Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 1,560 annual job openings, and 10,090 total jobs in 2026 for Animal Caretakers in this state.

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

What do Animal Caretakers Make in Michigan?

In 2018 wages for Animal Caretakers ranged from $19,580 to $33,820 with $22,440 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $9.42 to $16.26. The median hourly rate was $10.79.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $10.49 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.30.

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


Top Michigan 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
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,150 $22,250
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 620 $24,550
Ann Arbor, MI 340 $22,840
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 250 $22,240
Flint, MI 240 $22,290
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 220 $21,420
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 210 $23,450
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 150 $22,410
Battle Creek, MI 100 $21,830
Jackson, MI 80 $22,430
Monroe, MI 50 $20,210
Bay City, MI 30 $22,080

Top States for Animal Caretakers Employment

View the list below to see 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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