Animal Control Officer Salary

Animal Control Officers in the United States take home an average $14.06 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.98 per hour on the lower end to $22.35 on the higher end. More than half of Animal Control Officers (63 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,490 - $42,400
(Median)
$24K
$33K
$42K
MEDIAN: $32,514
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$9.98 - $22.35
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$10
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$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,490 - $42,400  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $295.90  
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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$21,677 - $45,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $22.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$8.08 - $38.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $295.90  
   
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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$21,677 - $45,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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Job Description for Animal Control Officer

An animal control officer is a person who is in charge of enforcing laws regarding the treatment and care of animals. This is generally a person who works through city or county governmental agencies.

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Animal Control Officer Tasks

  • Educate the public about laws regarding pet ownership and the proper treatment of animals.
  • Capture stray animals and remove abused or dangerous animals from their owners.
  • Investigate reports of violations of laws or ordinances pertaining to the keeping and treatment of pets and issue citations.
  • Perform inspections of commercial breeding operations to ensure they are licensed and the animals are in good condition.

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Pay by Experience Level for Animal Control Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Animal Control Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $29K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $44K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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What is it like working as an Animal Control Officer?

Animal Control Officer in Middletown:
"Choose A Job You Love And Never Work A Day In Your Life."
Pros: Helping the animals, the ones that can't help themselves. Reuniting owners with their pets.
Cons: Dealing with people that abuse their animals and seeing animals in horrid conditions.

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Experience Affects Animal Control Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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