The average Animal Caretaker in the United States earns approximately $10.21 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although just under one-half have medical coverage and just under a third have dental coverage, just over a half claim no health benefits at all. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Animal Caretakers making up 72 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,596 - $42,894
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MEDIAN: $24,630
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$7.67 - $18.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$18,596 - $42,894  
   
Bonus
$480.00  
Total Pay (?
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$16,244 - $39,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$7.67 - $18.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.64  
Overtime
$10.07 - $47.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$480.00  
   
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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$16,244 - $39,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 100

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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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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
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Animal Caretaker Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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