Animal Control Officer Salary

Median pay for Animal Control Officers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.99 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.75 per hour, and the top verges on $22.37. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 61 percent of Animal Control Officers are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Animal Control Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,901 - $43,050
(Median)
$25K
$32K
$43K
MEDIAN: $32,288
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$9.75 - $22.37
(Median)
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,901 - $43,050  
   
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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$21,656 - $45,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $22.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.58  
Overtime
$9.19 - $43.41  
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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$21,656 - $45,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Animal Control Officers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $28K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger 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 $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 9%

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
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
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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