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Animal Caretakers in New York

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Animal Caretakers in New York

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

26.3% Jobs Projection
$25,830 Median Salary
3,220 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Animal Caretakers Work in New York?

In 2018, there were 13,110 Animal Caretakers working in the state.

There were 13,230 Animal Caretakers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 120 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for New York

Jobs for Animal Caretakers in this state are growing at a rate of 26.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 24.2%.


New York Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 3,220 annual job openings, and a total of 20,870 jobs for New York 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 New York?

In 2018 wages for Animal Caretakers ranged from $21,650 to $41,720 with $25,830 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $10.41 to $20.06. The median hourly rate was $12.42.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $11.66 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.76.

The median salary in New York is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top New York 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
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,200 $26,590
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,120 $24,210
Rochester, NY 1,000 $23,800
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 780 $24,910
Syracuse, NY 440 $24,900
Utica-Rome, NY 240 $23,790
Binghamton, NY 150 $24,890
Glens Falls, NY 120 $24,120
Ithaca, NY 100 $24,700
Kingston, NY 100 $24,230
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 40 $23,560

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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