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Animal Caretakers in Oklahoma

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22.1% Jobs Projection
$22,050 Median Salary
510 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Animal Caretakers Work in Oklahoma?

In 2018, there were 1,830 Animal Caretakers working in the state.

There were 1,660 Animal Caretakers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 170 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Oklahoma

Jobs for Animal Caretakers in this state are growing at a rate of 22.1% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 24.2%.


Oklahoma Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 510 annual Animal Caretakers job openings in Oklahoma, and 3,310 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 Oklahoma?

In 2018 wages for Animal Caretakers ranged from $17,050 to $33,740 with $22,050 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.2 to $16.22. The median hourly rate was $10.6.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $9.83 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.77.

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


Top Oklahoma 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
Oklahoma City, OK 710 $24,450
Tulsa, OK 660 $20,640
Fort Smith, AR-OK 80 $19,890
Lawton, OK 70 $24,520
Enid, OK 40 $26,150

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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