Animal Caretaker Salary

Earnings for Animal Caretakers in the United States come in at around $10.56 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $8.05 per hour and $19.71. For the most part, Animal Caretakers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Animal Caretakers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just under a half claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,331 - $55,231
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$55K
MEDIAN: $30,003
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$8.05 - $19.71
(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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$17,248 - $43,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $19.71  
   
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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$17,248 - $43,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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 15%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 36%
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