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Animal Caretaker Salary

Median pay for Animal Caretakers in the United States is around $10.45 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.08 per hour on the lower side but can approach $19.56 on the higher side. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Animal Caretakers. The majority of Animal Caretakers (65 percent) who took the survey are women. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and just under one-half have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$21,331 - $55,231
(Median)
$21K
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$55K
MEDIAN: $29,676
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$8.08 - $19.56
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$21,331 - $55,231  
   
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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$17,299 - $42,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.08 - $19.56  
   
Overtime
$10.36 - $31.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$17,299 - $42,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110

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Job Description for Animal Caretaker

  • 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 14%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 36%
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