Zookeeper Salary

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 has a moderate effect on salary for this job.

$19,885 - $50,087
$20K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,443
10%
50%
90%

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$8.76 - $17.84
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.32
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50%
90%

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$0$50K
Salary $19,885 - $50,087
Bonus $100.00 - $3,000
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$18,952 - $43,310
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 53
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $8.76 - $17.84
Hourly Tips $0.20
Overtime $13.50 - $33.03
Annual Data $0$43K
Bonus $100.00 - $3,000
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$18,952 - $43,310
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 119

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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
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
1%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Zookeeper Salaries

Experienced
▲29%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$28,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 28%
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