Salary for Animal Trainers

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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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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.

A Animal Trainer will most likely earn wages that can range from $21,550 - $62,040 based on the level of experience. can expect a salary of thirty-seven thousand nine hundred and fifty dollars on a yearly basis.

obtain the highest pay in New York, where they earn average job salaries of just about $59,970. Employees with these job titles can obtain the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they can get average job salaries of $49,820.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.97 percent nationwide in that time.


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

Public Administration
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Accommodation and Food Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Educational Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
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