Salary for Animal Trainers

Also known as:  Animal Trainer, Dog Handler, Dog Trainer, Dolphin Trainer, Guide Dog Instructor, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Guide Dog Trainer, Horse Breaker, Licensed Guide Dog Instructor, Lion Trainer

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Animal trainers work with animals to prepare them for events such as riding, shows, competition, security assistance, and obedience or disability aides. Trainers care for animals on a daily basis through standard feeding and grooming procedures, and record all changes in behavior and eating patterns. Through regular training exercises and drills, trainers are able to help animals become accustomed to human signal and commands. These commands are then used by trainers and owners to achieve desired results in either a professional or performance-based setting. A high school diploma and extensive personalized, on-the-job training is required for individuals looking for employment in this specific field of work.

An Animal Trainer will usually earn an average wage of between 24000 and 36000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Animal Trainers earn a compensation of Thirty One Thousand One Hundred dollars each year.

Animal Trainers can get the best compensation in Delaware, where they get average pay levels of about $37500. People holding this job title can make the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they receive a compensation of $40200.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 19.61 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Animal Trainers tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $40,200
Public Administration $38,860
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $36,020
Other Services (except Public Administration) $34,830
Educational Services $32,550
Health Care and Social Assistance $32,270
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $20,440
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $30,590
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $32,270
Health Care and Social Assistance $32,270
Educational Services $32,550
Other Services (except Public Administration) $34,830
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