economics

Economic impact of the U.S. pet industry

National Impact

The American pet industry supports over 1.3 million U.S. jobs and pays more than $60 billion in salaries, wages, and benefits. The industry generates over $221 billion in direct, indirect, and induced economic impact annually. The pet industry’s impact proves that taking compassionate care of pets is also good for business.

Figures shown reflect 2018 data. Look for an updated report coming in 2022.

U.S. Pet Industry Data

Impact

  • $222 Billion

    Total Economic Output

  • $78.9 Billion

    In Direct Economic Output

Jobs

  • 1.3 Million

    U.S. Jobs

  • $60.4 Billion

    In Wages & Benefits

  • Did You Know?

    Pet Industry jobs are expected to grow by 11% through 2024. (Monster)

Taxes

  • $22.7 Billion

    In Taxes Paid Across Federal, State, and Local Levels

  • Did You Know?

    Spending on pets reached a record $103.6 Billion in 2020 – up 6.7% from 2019. (APPA)


Pet Spending

$32.3 Billion

Pet Food Manufacturing

$21 Billion

Veterinary Services

$14.5 Billion

Pet Products

$8 Billion

Pet Services

$2.1 Billion

Pet Sales

65% of American Households Own A Pet

  • Dog48%
  • Cat38%
  • Freshwater Fish10%
  • Bird6%
  • Small Mammal5%
  • Reptile4%
  • Saltwater Fish2%

State Economic Impact

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