For Animal Control Officers, hourly average wages total $14.67 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. For the most part, Animal Control Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of Animal Control Officers are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,100 - $46,776
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$47K
MEDIAN: $32,813
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,100 - $46,776  
   
Bonus
$750  
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$21,537 - $47,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $22.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$1.52 - $34.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$21,537 - $47,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Animal Control Officers make a median salary of $38K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $41K.

Animal Control Officer Reviews

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Animal Control Officer

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
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Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Animal Control Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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