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Zookeeper Salary

The average rate for a Zookeeper is $11.82 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.

$19,098 - $36,370
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$36K
MEDIAN: $29,406
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$7.83 - $18.97
(Median)
$7
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$19,098 - $36,370  
   
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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$17,094 - $38,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.83 - $18.97  
   
Overtime
$8.17 - $26.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$17,094 - $38,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103

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Job Description for Zookeeper

Anyone who has visited a wild animal park or refuge has likely seen a zookeeper or two on duty. These are the people who help maintain the habitats and look out for wild animals housed in these zoological parks. Good zookeepers not only help care for and monitor the health of the animals they work with, but also provide education to the general public and zoo visitors. A good zookeeper can help build awareness about species in the wild and grow enthusiasm towards conservation and wild habitat maintenance.

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Zookeeper Tasks

  • 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 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 26%
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