Zookeeper Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Zookeeper is $11.48 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
Zookeeper Total Pay (?
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$18,602 - $37,974
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,530
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Zookeeper Total Pay (?
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$7.69 - $18.31
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,602 - $37,974  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
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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$17,081 - $39,184  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.69 - $18.31  
   
Overtime
$8.24 - $26.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
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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$17,081 - $39,184  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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Job Description for Zookeeper

  • Recognize diseases and carry out treatments prescribed by zoo veterinarian and/or Management.
  • Clean zoo exhibits and grounds and maintain general upkeep of the animal habitat.
  • Recommend improvements in animal care procedures and schedules.
  • Prepare animal diets according to prescription determined by Management.
  • Follow American Zoo and Aquarium (AZA) Code of Professional Ethics and Species Survival Plan (SSP) Guidelines.
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Experience Affects Zookeeper Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 30%
Mid-Career
up arrow 10%
National Average
$26,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 18%
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