For Animal Care Technicians, hourly average wages total $12.26 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Women account for the majority of Animal Care Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Animal Care Technicians. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,492 - $51,620
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MEDIAN: $35,260
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$8.71 - $18.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,492 - $51,620  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$18,431 - $42,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.71 - $18.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.87 - $30.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$18,431 - $42,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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

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

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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.

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Experience Affects Animal Care Technician Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 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
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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