The average rate for a Zookeeper is $11.95 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Experience strongly influences salary for this job.

$19,924 - $44,026
$20K
$31K
$44K
MEDIAN: $30,935
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50%
90%

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$8.43 - $17.09
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$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,924 - $44,026  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,878  
Profit Sharing
$1,977  
Total Pay (?
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$18,248 - $40,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.43 - $17.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09  
Overtime
$12.07 - $32.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,977  
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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$18,248 - $40,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 125

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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

  • 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.
  • Recommend improvements in animal care procedures and schedules.
  • 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.

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Key Stats for Zookeeper

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
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Experience Affects Zookeeper Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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