Animal Caretaker Salary

An average Animal Caretaker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.67 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.98 per hour, and the top verges on $19.89. Although more than two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Female Animal Caretakers make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Work is enjoyable for Animal Caretakers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,331 - $60,217
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,309
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$7.98 - $19.89
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$21,331 - $60,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $811  
Total Pay (?
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$16,938 - $43,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.98 - $19.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$5.25 - $32.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $811  
   
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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$16,938 - $43,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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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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.

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Experience Affects Animal Caretaker Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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