Salary for Animal Control Workers

Also known as:  Animal Control Officer, Animal Cruelty Investigator, Animal Treatment Investigator, Animal Warden, Dog Catcher, Dog Warden, Humane Officer

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Animal control workers are employed in the arena of public safety and are charged with the responsibility of handling and transporting animals that may have been mistreated in their homes, abandoned or dangerous and loose in public places. They carefully investigate cases of alleged animal abuse, remove animals from dangerous home situations and capture animals that are running free with diseases or harmful conditions. At times, these individuals must euthanize animals that are harmed or sick and cannot be restored to full health. In addition, they work to raise public awareness about animal safety and proper pet ownership. An individual in this professional field maintains a superior physical condition in order to track, investigate and sometimes capture animals. They must also be able to communicate effectively with law enforcement agencies and pet owners. A high school diploma and on-the-job training are required for employment in this professional post.

An Animal Control Worker will usually earn an average pay level between 24000 and 36000 based on seniority. Animal Control Workers receive salaries of Thirty Thousand Six Hundred dollars annually.

Animal Control Workers receive the highest pay in Nevada, where they can earn average pay scales of just about $48910. Employees in this career are paid the highest in Public Administration, where they can receive average wages of $36440.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 11.55 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Animal Control Workers tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $36,440
Public Administration $34,410
Educational Services $32,250
Other Services (except Public Administration) $30,010
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $30,010
Educational Services $32,250
Public Administration $34,410
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $36,440
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