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Animal Control Officer Salary

Animal Control Officers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.94 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.82 per hour to $22.03. Men make up a slight majority of Animal Control Officers (58 percent) who responded to the survey. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,398 - $41,857
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MEDIAN: $32,135
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National Salary Data

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$0.00 - $250.00  
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$21,745 - $44,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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$9.82 - $22.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.89  
Overtime
$9.25 - $43.25  
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$0.00 - $250.00  
   
Total Pay (?
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$21,745 - $44,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Animal Control Officers. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $28K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $30K. Animal Control Officers see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Animal Control Officers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $44K.

Animal Control Officer Reviews

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.

Experience Affects Animal Control Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
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National Average
$31,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 13%