Animal Care Technician Salary

Earnings for Animal Care Technicians in the United States come in at around $12.23 per hour on average. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Animal Care Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the greater part have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Women make up the majority of Animal Care Technicians (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,042 - $51,485
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MEDIAN: $32,780
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$8.81 - $18.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,042 - $51,485  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$18,828 - $42,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $18.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.25 - $29.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$18,828 - $42,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 114

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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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Animal Care Technician Reviews

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

Animal Care Technician in Burnsville:
"Become a professional expert, get paid like a cashier."
Pros: I love working with and learning about animals of all types and their care. I love teaching others how to ensure their new pet gets the best care possible in order to be a valued member of their family for years to come. I love working with and teaching others who share this passion.
Cons: There is always too much work to do for any one person. You can work like a superstar, but if everyone else isn't pitching in and doing the same, it won't matter, won't make a difference. The pay is ridiculously low - a grocery store clerk gets paid more and doesn't have to have nearly so much training or experience, and doesn't have to work nearly as hard. If you're looking at this kind of job, do it only because you love it - there's really no other compensation.

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 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Animal Care Technician Salaries

Experienced
▲30%

Mid-Career
▲14%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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