Earnings for Animal Control Officers in the United States come in at around $14.64 per hour on average. Work is enjoyable for Animal Control Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Men make up the majority of Animal Control Officers (68 percent) survey respondents. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,373 - $43,607
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$21K
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$44K
MEDIAN: $31,597
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$10.10 - $22.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,373 - $43,607  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$21,326 - $46,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $22.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$1.51 - $34.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$750  
   
Total Pay (?
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$21,326 - $46,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $30K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $32K. For Animal Control Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Animal Control Officer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $43K.

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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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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