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Animal Caretakers in West Virginia

Considering a career as an Animal Caretaker in West Virginia?

17.9% Jobs Projection
$21,860 Median Salary
260 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Animal Caretakers Work in West Virginia?

In West Virginia, there were 900 people working as Animal Caretakers in the year 2018.

There were 920 Animal Caretakers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 20 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for West Virginia

Jobs for Animal Caretakers in this state are growing at a rate of 17.9% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 24.2%.


West Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 260 annual Animal Caretakers job openings in West Virginia, and 1,710 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 West Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Animal Caretakers ranged from $19,310 to $31,130 with $21,860 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $9.29 to $14.96. The median hourly rate was $10.51.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $9.81 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.70.

The median salary in West Virginia is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top West Virginia 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
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,480 $26,740
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 190 $19,880
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 150 $20,970
Charleston, WV 140 $22,450
Wheeling, WV-OH 100 $22,910
Morgantown, WV 90 $23,520
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 70 $21,630
Winchester, VA-WV 50 $23,830
Cumberland, MD-WV 40 $20,170

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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