Animal Caretaker Salary

For Animal Caretakers, hourly average wages total $10.50 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.04 per hour to $19.74. Female Animal Caretakers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. The majority of Animal Caretakers claim high levels of job satisfaction. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$20,426 - $58,723
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$59K
MEDIAN: $30,401
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$8.04 - $19.74
(Median)
$8
$11
$20
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,426 - $58,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $805  
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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$17,198 - $43,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.04 - $19.74  
   
Overtime
$10.36 - $31.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $805  
   
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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$17,198 - $43,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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

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

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Experience Affects Animal Caretaker Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 38%
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