Average Zookeeper Hourly Pay

Avg. Base Hourly Rate (USD)

The average hourly pay for a Zookeeper is $14.27

Hourly Rate
$10 - $19
$800 - $3k
Total Pay
$21k - $41k
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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.
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How do Zookeepers Rate Their Jobs?

3.5 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
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FAQs About Zookeepers

What is the highest pay for Zookeepers?

Our data indicates that the highest pay for a Zookeeper is $19.17 / hour

What is the lowest pay for Zookeepers?

Our data indicates that the lowest pay for a Zookeeper is $9.89 / hour

How can Zookeepers increase their salary?

Increasing your pay as a Zookeeper is possible in different ways. Change of employer: Consider a career move to a new employer that is willing to pay higher for your skills. Level of Education: Gaining advanced degrees may allow this role to increase their income potential and qualify for promotions. Managing Experience: If you are a Zookeeper that oversees more junior Zookeepers, this experience can increase the likelihood to earn more.