Animal Control Officer Salary

The average Animal Control Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.99 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.76 per hour and $22.33. Male Animal Control Officers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 61 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,937 - $42,954
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$43K
MEDIAN: $32,586
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$9.76 - $22.33
(Median)
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,937 - $42,954  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $204.26  
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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$21,699 - $45,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $22.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.58  
Overtime
$9.12 - $43.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $204.26  
   
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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$21,699 - $45,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $28K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $30K. Animal Control Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $45K.

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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 44%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

National Average
$31,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 14%
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