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.
|Salary||$18,721 - $50,684|
|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).)
|$16,456 - $40,738|
|Hourly Rate||$7.75 - $17.58|
|Hourly Tips||$0.00 - $0.62|
|Overtime||$10.00 - $48.00|
|Total Pay (||$16,456 - $40,738|
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.Read More...
Animal caretakers are responsible for training, feeding, grooming, and exercising animals, as well as cleaning and maintaining their cages and the areas which they inhabit. Though some positions are more labor-intensive than others, animal caretakers should be physically fit, and some jobs require them to monitor animals closely and record their physical conditions, behaviors, diets, and medication either on paper or with a computer.
It is important that those in this position can quickly recognize if animals are ill or injured and report their conditions either directly to veterinarians or to their supervisors. They may have to bathe and groom animals, including trimming their nails, brushing and clipping their hair, etc. Educational requirements to be an animal caretaker can vary depending on the employer; for positions which focus primarily on feeding and cleaning animals, education requirements are not strict. However, at places such as hospitals and animal clinics, where these caretakers must input data on a computer related to animals' conditions, a high school diploma or GED and computer skills are often minimum requirements.
Aspiring animal caretakers must have good communication and customer service skills, and some positions require them to communicate directly with animal owners or members of the public who are interested in the animals in their care. They must also be flexible with their time, as they often work different shifts and some facilities are open 24/7. Some may also be required to train and coach younger animal caretakers.
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.
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.
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