Animal Control Officer Salary

Average Animal Control Officers in the United States make around $14.06 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.98 per hour and $22.35. Men make up the majority of Animal Control Officers (63 percent) survey respondents. The majority of Animal Control Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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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.


For many Animal Control Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. During the first five years of their careers, Animal Control Officers see a median income of $29K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $31K. Animal Control Officers see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Animal Control Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

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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