The average salary for animal breeders is about $18,970 per year, or $9.12 per hour. This does not include any income that breeders may make from their jobs outside of animal breeding. The salary a breeder makes depends heavily on the type of animal they are breeding. For example, a person who breeds race horses may earn much more every year than a person who breeds Labrador retrievers. This is because an individual race horse is worth more than an individual Labrador retriever. At the same time, the quantity of animals produced also has an impact on a breeder's salary. While rabbits sell for far less a piece than golden retrievers, for example, an avid rabbit breeder could potentially make more in a year than a golden retriever breeder because they have sold exponentially more rabbits than the other breeder has sold golden retrievers.
Of course, location also plays a part into a breeder's salary, though not as much as in other professions. With the advent of the internet, animals sell for fairly similar prices across the nation. However, a breeder of an animal that is rare in one area of the nation may be able to charge higher amounts for their animals because people are sometimes willing to pay more for the convenience.