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Animal Caretakers in Missouri

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20.7% Jobs Projection
$21,460 Median Salary
880 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Animal Caretakers Work in Missouri?

In Missouri, there were 4,660 people working as Animal Caretakers in the year 2018.

There were 4,160 Animal Caretakers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 500 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Missouri

Jobs for Animal Caretakers in this state are growing at a rate of 20.7% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 24.2%.


Missouri Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 880 annual job openings, and a total of 5,710 jobs for Missouri Animal Caretakers in 2026.

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

What do Animal Caretakers Make in Missouri?

In 2018 wages for Animal Caretakers ranged from $17,520 to $35,040 with $21,460 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.42 to $16.85. The median hourly rate was $10.32.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $9.91 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.41.

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


Top Missouri 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
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,720 $22,140
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,900 $20,720
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 350 $22,540
Springfield, MO 310 $21,650
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 100 $20,510
Joplin, MO 100 $18,550
Columbia, MO 90 $21,770
Jefferson City, MO 70 $19,880
St. Joseph, MO-KS 60 $22,510

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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