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Animal Control Officer Salary

Animal Control Officers in the United States take home approximately $13.98 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $9.82 per hour and $21.67. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Animal Control Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Animal Control Officers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,462 - $41,714
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$24K
$32K
$42K
MEDIAN: $31,850
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$9.82 - $21.67
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$24,462 - $41,714  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $294.79  
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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$21,794 - $44,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $21.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.75  
Overtime
$9.45 - $42.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $294.79  
   
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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$21,794 - $44,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166

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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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $28K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $30K. For Animal Control Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $38K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $44K.

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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%

National Average
$31,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 12%