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Working as a Pet Sitter

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a pet sitter. For example, did you know that they make an average of $11.08 an hour? That's $23,038 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 16% and produce 51,700 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Pet Sitter Do

There are certain skills that many pet sitters have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed compassion, customer-service skills and patience.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a pet sitter, we found that a lot of resumes listed 22.2% of pet sitters included customer service, while 13.7% of resumes included dog kennels, and 11.6% of resumes included clients homes. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Pet Sitter

If you're interested in becoming a pet sitter, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 33.3% of pet sitters have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 2.8% of pet sitters have master's degrees. Even though some pet sitters have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a pet sitter. When we researched the most common majors for a pet sitter, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on pet sitter resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a pet sitter. In fact, many pet sitter jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many pet sitters also have previous career experience in roles such as volunteer or sales associate.

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Average Salary$23,038
Job Growth Rate16%

Pet Sitter Career Paths

Top Careers Before Pet Sitter

Cashier
14.2 %
Volunteer
12.0 %

Top Careers After Pet Sitter

Cashier
14.2 %
Volunteer
10.8 %

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Average Salary for a Pet Sitter

Pet Sitters in America make an average salary of $23,038 per year or $11 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $34,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $15,000 per year.
Average Salary
$23,038

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Newport, RI
Salary Range16k - 31k$23k$23,053
Virginia Beach, VA
Salary Range14k - 25k$19k$19,191
Saint Charles, IL
Salary Range14k - 25k$19k$19,169
$14k
$31k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Geneva-Weekday Pet Sitter
Geneva-Weekday Pet Sitter
Wild Things Pet Services
Wild Things Pet Services
12/13/2020
12/13/2020
$29,21812/13/2020
$29,218
ST. Charles-Weekday Pet Sitter
ST. Charles-Weekday Pet Sitter
Wild Things Pet Services
Wild Things Pet Services
10/16/2020
10/16/2020
$29,21810/16/2020
$29,218
Newport RI Pet Sitter
Newport RI Pet Sitter
Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC
Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC
08/09/2020
08/09/2020
$25,04408/09/2020
$25,044
Westerly & Charlestown RI-Pet Sitter
Westerly & Charlestown RI-Pet Sitter
Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC
Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC
07/21/2020
07/21/2020
$25,04407/21/2020
$25,044
ST. Charles-Weekend Pet Sitter
ST. Charles-Weekend Pet Sitter
Wild Things Pet Services
Wild Things Pet Services
07/17/2020
07/17/2020
$29,21807/17/2020
$29,218
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Pet Sitter Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming a Pet Sitter. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

Learn How To Write a Pet Sitter Resume

At Zippia, we went through countless Pet Sitter resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Pet Sitter Demographics

Gender

female

73.9 %

male

21.5 %

unknown

4.6 %

Ethnicity

White

73.6 %

Hispanic or Latino

16.2 %

Black or African American

3.8 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.2 %

French

8.8 %

Japanese

5.0 %
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Pet Sitter Education

Majors

Business
11.2 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

33.6 %

Bachelors

33.3 %

Associate

18.5 %

Top Colleges for Pet Sitters

1. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA • Public

In-State Tuition
$15,887
Enrollment
23,202

2. Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,080
Enrollment
30,795

3. Vermont Technical College

Randolph, VT • Public

In-State Tuition
$15,108
Enrollment
1,350

4. Texas A&M University - Commerce

Commerce, TX • Public

In-State Tuition
$8,748
Enrollment
8,201

5. North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,414
Enrollment
11,182

6. Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$36,410
Enrollment
1,668

7. The University of Findlay

Findlay, OH • Private

In-State Tuition
$34,360
Enrollment
2,533

8. West Texas A&M University

Canyon, TX • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,935
Enrollment
7,368

9. Post University

Waterbury, CT • Private

In-State Tuition
$16,610
Enrollment
9,017

10. Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,707
Enrollment
24,210
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Top Skills For a Pet Sitter

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 22.2% of pet sitters listed customer service on their resume, but soft skills such as compassion and customer-service skills are important as well.

  • Customer Service, 22.2%
  • Dog Kennels, 13.7%
  • Clients Homes, 11.6%
  • Animal Care, 10.3%
  • CPR, 6.2%
  • Other Skills, 36.0%
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Best States For a Pet Sitter

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a pet sitter. The best states for people in this position are Massachusetts, Alaska, Maine, and New York. Pet sitters make the most in Massachusetts with an average salary of $25,134. Whereas in Alaska and Maine, they would average $25,113 and $23,559, respectively. While pet sitters would only make an average of $23,078 in New York, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Rhode Island

Total Pet Sitter Jobs:
11
Highest 10% Earn:
$41,000
Location Quotient:
2.26
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. West Virginia

Total Pet Sitter Jobs:
8
Highest 10% Earn:
$36,000
Location Quotient:
1.36
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Massachusetts

Total Pet Sitter Jobs:
42
Highest 10% Earn:
$44,000
Location Quotient:
0.91
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Pet Sitter Employers

1. CARE
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$13,621
Pet Sitters Hired: 
83+
2. Fetch
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$15,522
Pet Sitters Hired: 
50+
3. Kindred at Home
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$32,770
Pet Sitters Hired: 
20+
4. Contractors
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$21,528
Pet Sitters Hired: 
12+
5. Capital University
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$13,516
Pet Sitters Hired: 
8+
6. Starting Point
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$17,587
Pet Sitters Hired: 
6+

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