Horse stable managers get to work with horses every day, while using their managerial skills to organize the business efforts behind running a horse ranch. As such, they typically supervise and coordinate workers as they maintain stables and care for horses. From ordering rations to screening horses for disease, a horse stable manager is a Jill-of-all trades. Most have a high school diploma but some have a college degree in agriculture.
Your first two or three years will be your lowest earning period in your career as a horse stable manager. Most entry-level employees in this profession earn wages at the 10th percentile. In 10 randomly selected cities, averages at this level include Miami $23,827; Pierre, S.D., $26,660; Augusta, Maine, $27,966; Houston, $28,336; Chicago, $29,321; Walla Walla, Wash., $31,564; Baltimore, $31,886; Washington, D.C., $34,007; Philadelphia, $36,930; and New York, $39,081.
The national average annual salary for horse stable managers according to the Internet salary survey website, Salary Expert, is $39,598 as of 2013. Among the 10 randomly selected cities the range in salaries is $20,083, meaning there is considerable individual variation in cities including Miami, $31,370; Pierre, S.D., $35,100; Augusta, Maine, $36,819; Houston, $37,306; Chicago, $38,603; Walla Walla, Wash., $41,566; Baltimore, $41,980; Washington, D.C., $44,772; Philadelphia, $48,620; and New York, $51,453.
At the 90th percentile, horse stable managers in the 10 randomly selected cities earn $14,090 more than the national average, according to Salary Expert. Individual averages are Miami $41,476; Pierre, S.D., $46,407; Augusta, Maine, $46,680; Houston, $49,323; Chicago, $51,039; Walla Walla, Wash., $54,943; Baltimore, $55,504; Washington, D.C., $59,195; Philadelphia, $64,283; and New York, $68,029. The range in salaries among these 10 cities is $26,553 so you have the potential to make significantly more money if you’re willing to relocate.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a decline of 8 percent between 2010 and 2020 for horse stable managers, who are in the farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers’ category. The BLS cites an increase in factory farming as the primary causal factor. Horse stable managers who own their own ranches will be least affected by this change, and those who join smaller collectives may weather the storm better. Many horse stable managers will move from organizing a small-scale operation to managing a large, industrial operation.
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