Animal trainers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
36.7k
Average Age
37.3
Estimated Job Growth
13.3%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$32,873
Average Male Salary
$40,425
Average Female Salary
$28,060

About

Animal trainers are most often employed by the Other personal services industry. The average yearly wage for Animal trainers was $32,873 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Animal trainers by wage are Switchboard operators, including answering service, Shipping, receiving, & traffic clerks, and Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Animal trainers are Greater Boynton Beach City (North) PUMA, FL, Marion County (North) PUMA, FL, and Tolland County PUMA, CT. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Animal trainers are Marion County (North) PUMA, FL, Greater Boynton Beach City (North) PUMA, FL, and Chester County (South) PUMA, PA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Animal trainers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Other personal services is the industry that employs the most Animal trainers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Animal trainers, by average wage, is Farming. Animal trainers are paid most in Hunterdon County PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in Marion County (North) PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$32,873
AVERAGE SALARY
± $5,340

In 2020, Animal trainers earned an average of $32,873, $23,081 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Switchboard operators, including answering service make somewhat more than Animal trainers while Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Animal trainers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.453
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Animal trainers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.453, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Animal trainers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Animal trainers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Animal trainers.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Animal trainers, by average wage, are Farming, Investigation & security services, and Justice, public order, & safety activities .

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Industries by Share

36.7k
2020 Workforce
± 4,702
6.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 17.2%

The number of people employed as Animal trainers has been growing at a rate of 6.9%, from 34,322 people in 2019 to 36,691 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Animal trainers employed by various industries. Other personal services employs the largest share of Animal trainers at  41.5%, followed by Support activities for agriculture & forestry with 19.9% and Animal production & aquaculture with 9.98%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Animal trainers in the US. The average age of male Animal trainers in the workforce is 39.8 and of female Animal trainers is 35.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Animal trainers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

14.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,934
22.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,675

61.1% of Animal trainers are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Animal trainers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Animal trainers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

81.1% of Animal trainers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.57% of Animal trainers, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Animal trainers.

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Age by Sex

39.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.95
35.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.39

The median age of Animal trainers is 37.3, and Male employees are generally 4.15 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Animal trainers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Animal trainers is Business but a relatively high number of Animal trainers hold a major in Agriculture.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Animal trainers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Animal trainers need many skills, but most especially Learning Strategies, Instructing, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Animal trainers need more than the average amount of Learning Strategies, Instructing, and Management of Material Resources.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Animal Trainers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Animal Trainers are expected to see a growth of 13.3% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

13.3%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Animal Trainers. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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