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Animal Caretakers in Tennessee

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24.4% Jobs Projection
$21,820 Median Salary
760 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Animal Caretakers Work in Tennessee?

In 2018, there were 3,350 Animal Caretakers working in the state.

There were 3,170 Animal Caretakers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 180 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Tennessee

Jobs for Animal Caretakers in this state are growing at a rate of 24.4% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 24.2%.


Tennessee Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 760 annual job openings, and 4,940 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 Tennessee?

In 2018 wages for Animal Caretakers ranged from $16,770 to $32,830 with $21,820 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.06 to $15.78. The median hourly rate was $10.49.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $10.17 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.32.

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


Top Tennessee 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
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 1,220 $23,540
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 890 $22,410
Knoxville, TN 370 $22,220
Chattanooga, TN-GA 350 $22,050
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 130 $19,190
Johnson City, TN 100 $19,010
Clarksville, TN-KY 100 $20,990
Jackson, TN 80 $20,040
Cleveland, TN 50 $22,090

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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