Animal Caretaker Salary

Animal Caretakers in the United States take home approximately $10.18 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Animal Caretakers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Animal Caretakers making up 75 percent. While some workers in this profession — a majority — do not have any health coverage, just over two-fifths do receive medical benefits and just under one in three have dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$18,721 - $50,684
$19K
$26K
$51K
MEDIAN: $26,500
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$7.75 - $17.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,721 - $50,684  
   
Bonus
$740  
Total Pay (?
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$16,456 - $40,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$7.75 - $17.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.62  
Overtime
$10.00 - $48.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$740  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,456 - $40,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 102

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Job Description for Animal Caretaker

Animal caretakers work in many places, including pet stores, boarding kennels, animal shelters, veterinary hospitals, laboratories, aquariums, zoos, and aquatic habitats.

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Animal Caretaker Tasks

  • Feed, water, inspect, and observe animals according to schedules.
  • Clean supplies, equipment, cages/stalls/kennels and physical environment of animals.
  • Groom, bathe, maintain and treat animals, calling veterinarians when required.

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Pay by Experience Level for Animal Caretaker

Pay by Experience for an Animal Caretaker has a positive trend. An entry-level Animal Caretaker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 104 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Animal Caretaker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 16 salaries. An experienced Animal Caretaker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 20 salaries. An Animal Caretaker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 6 salaries.

Animal Caretaker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Animal Caretaker?

Animal Caretaker in Richmond:
"Pet Care Worker."
Pros: I love getting to spend my day with dogs. Some of them are really well behaved and their owners are genuinely kind people... Most of them anyways.
Cons: It is a very physically demanding job and the stress you have to deal with on a daily basis is hard to deal with. There is also the daunting task of trying to keep a dog daycare spotless which is a futile effort. It's very frustraing.

Key Stats for Animal Caretaker

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Animal Caretaker Salaries

Late-Career
▲53%

Mid-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲12%

Entry-Level
▼0%

National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 56%
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