Salary for Animal Caretakers

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Also known as:  Animal Care Giver, Animal Care Technician, Animal Caregiver, Animal Daycare Provider, Animal Groomer, Animal Shelter Worker, Animal Sitter, Aquarist, Aquarium Tank Attendant, Cat and Dog Bather helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Non-farm animal caretakers often work in settings such as zoos, aquariums, animal shelters and kennels and perform care tasks for pets as well as other non-farm animals. These animals could include cats, dogs, birds, fish or even mice. They feed and water animals according to necessary care procedures and provide treatments and assistance to animals that are ill or injured. They have extensive knowledge on animal behaviors and dietary needs in order to answer questions and inquiries from customers and the public. They order and maintain animal care inventory on site keep thorough records of animal behaviors and changes on a daily basis. A high school diploma is required for employment.

A Animal Caretaker will usually earn a compensation of around $19,310 and $40,210 depending on education and experience. will normally receive an average salary of twenty-eight thousand three hundred and eigthy dollars each year.

obtain the most salary in District of Columbia, where they get salary pay of about $38,610. People in this job function are paid most highly in Educational Services, which has job pay of $36,350.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 46.05 percent nationwide in that time.


Animal Caretakers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
Public Administration
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Accommodation and Food Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Wholesale Trade
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