Earnings for Animal Care Technicians in the United States come in at around $12.16 per hour on average. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Animal Care Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Animal Care Technicians are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,986 - $51,620  
   
Bonus
$983  
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$18,426 - $41,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $18.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.65 - $29.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$983  
   
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$18,426 - $41,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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Job Description for Animal Care Technician

Animal care technicians play an important role in maintaining safe and humane conditions for pets, animals, or livestock held in veterinary care or kennel facilities. These technicians typically handle daily duties such as maintaining clean kennels and cages, waste disposal, and feeding duties, and in veterinary offices or hospitals they may also be required to assist veterinarians in examinations, routine procedures, or administration of medicine.

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Animal Care Technician Tasks

  • Feed and water animals.
  • Record feedings, changes in behavior and other activities.
  • Observe and monitor behavior.
  • Clean animal cages or enclosures and change bedding materials.

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Q: What is it like working as an Animal Care Technician?

Animal Care Technician in Monticello:
"Animal control and care technician."
Pros: The satisfaction that when that animal finds itself in an animal shelter I am there to make it better and not so bad.
Cons: The low amount of pay for the recognized excellent work I do.

Animal Care Technician in Xenia:
"Lots Of Standing, Hot Environment, Repetitive Tasks."
Pros: Working with the animals, having the satisfaction of ensuring their health and well being.
Cons: Having to be in 88-93 degrees all day due to heat lamps, being on my feet all day, draining work.

Key Stats for Animal Care Technician

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Animal Care Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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