Animal Caretaker Salary

Animal Caretakers in the United States pull down an average of $10.21 per hour. Location 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. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly two-fifths, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. Female Animal Caretakers make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$18,721 - $49,665
$19K
$24K
$50K
MEDIAN: $24,490
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$7.83 - $16.89
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$0$49K
Salary $18,721 - $49,665
Bonus $740
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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$16,590 - $39,145
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 30
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $7.83 - $16.89
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $0.62
Overtime $10.00 - $48.00
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $740
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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$16,590 - $39,145
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 102

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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.

Animal Caretaker Job Listings

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.

Animal Caretaker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Animal Caretaker?

Animal Caretaker in Lodi:
Pros: Love spending time with the dogs.
Cons: It can be hot.

Animal Caretaker in San Antonio:
"Caretaker."
Pros: Love the animals.
Cons: Pay.

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.

Animal Caretaker in Boston:
"Animal caretaker."
Pros: The animals.
Cons: The pay and physical labor.

Key Stats for Animal Caretaker

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
6%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Animal Caretaker Salaries

Late-Career
▲54%

Mid-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲13%

Entry-Level
▲1%

National Average
$22,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
no benefits
None: 59%
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