Pay for Animal Caretakers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.35 per hour. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Animal Caretakers making up 73 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly one-half enjoy medical while slightly less than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in five. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$18,422 - $43,278
(Median)
$18K
$24K
$43K
MEDIAN: $24,305
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$7.75 - $18.65
(Median)
$7
$10
$19
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$18,422 - $43,278  
   
Bonus
$480.00  
Total Pay (?
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$16,433 - $40,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.75 - $18.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.70  
Overtime
$11.92 - $31.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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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$16,433 - $40,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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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

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National Average
$23,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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