Average Zookeeper Hourly Pay

$12.88
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$1,000
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The average hourly pay for a Zookeeper is $12.88.
10%
$9.47
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$12.88
90%
$19.37
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$9 - $19
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$100 - $4,421
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What Do Zookeepers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Zookeeper

3.8 out of 5
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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Zookeepers?

An entry-level Zookeeper with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $10.88 based on 20 salaries. An early career Zookeeper with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.77 based on 120 salaries. A mid-career Zookeeper with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.46 based on 48 salaries. An experienced Zookeeper with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.94 based on 44 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $11.
Employees with Zookeeper in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 67.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (66.3% more) and Houston, Texas (19.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (16.1% less), Orlando, Florida (12.9% less) and Tampa, Florida (10.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 237 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.4%
Early Career
50.6%
Mid Career
20.3%
Experienced
18.6%
Late Career
2.1%