$21k $21k
204k 204k
10.6% 10.6%
4.0/5 4.0/5
H.S. High School

How much does an Animal Caretaker make in the United States?

Average Animal Caretaker Hourly Wage in the United States

Animal Caretakers earn a median hourly wage of $10.10. Hourly wages typically start from $8.25 and go up to $16.72.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Animal Caretaker Yearly Salary in the United States

Animal Caretakers earn a median salary of $21,010 per year. Salaries typically start from $17,160 and go up to $34,780.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Learn more about the Animal Caretaker job market for salaries of real jobs in your area.

Employment Type Mix

42%
Full-Time
58%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Animal Caretaker demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.1
SCORE
240
RATINGS
Animal Caretakers average a score of 3.1 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Animal Caretakers in the 60th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Animal Caretaker satisfaction

How to Become an Animal Caretaker

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good animal caretaker? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Jobs in your area
    • Loading jobs...
    View all jobs →

Animal Caretaker Earnings by Seniority

Top End Animal Caretaker Earnings

The highest earning Animal Caretakers in the United States earn:

$16.72
an hour
$34,780
per year
Senior Animal Caretaker Earnings

Senior Animal Caretakers in the United States earn:

$12.47
an hour
$25,930
per year
Experienced Animal Caretaker Earnings

Experienced Animal Caretakers in the United States earn:

$10.10
an hour
$21,010
per year
Junior Animal Caretaker Earnings

Junior Animal Caretakers in the United States earn:

$8.93
an hour
$18,580
per year
Starting Animal Caretaker Earnings

Starting Animal Caretakers in the United States earn:

$8.25
an hour
$17,160
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Find your perfect career

Would you make a good animal caretaker? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

80% Match?
Take the free career test

Animal Caretaker salary comparison

Animal Caretakers earn less than 100% percent of Animals careers. Animal Caretaker salaries are in the bottom 94% of all careers in the United States.

Veterinarian Salary $88k
Zoo Endocrinologist Salary $79k
Farmer Salary $70k
Animal Scientist Salary $64k
Zoologist Salary $59k
Fish And Game Warden Salary $52k
Wildlife Enforcement Officer Salary $50k
Animal Breeder Salary $40k
Commercial Fisherman Salary $35k
Animal Control Worker Salary $33k
Exterminator Salary $32k
Veterinary Technologist Salary $31k
Animal Trainer Salary $26k
Veterinary Assistant Salary $24k
Dairy Herdsperson Salary $22k
Animal Caretaker Salary $21k
Source:

Historical salary for Animal Caretakers in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Animal Caretaker salary by state

Click on a state to learn more

State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Animal Caretaker Salary in Hawaii $14.61 $30,380 # 1
Animal Caretaker Salary in District of Columbia $13.37 $27,810 # 2
Animal Caretaker Salary in California $11.28 $23,470 # 3
Animal Caretaker Salary in Rhode Island $11.13 $23,140 # 4
Animal Caretaker Salary in Vermont $11.44 $23,800 # 5
Animal Caretaker Salary in Washington $11.36 $23,630 # 6
Animal Caretaker Salary in Oregon $11.11 $23,110 # 7
Animal Caretaker Salary in Connecticut $10.87 $22,620 # 8
Animal Caretaker Salary in Alaska $11.12 $23,130 # 9
Animal Caretaker Salary in New York $11.04 $22,960 # 10
Animal Caretaker Salary in New Mexico $11.11 $23,110 # 11
Animal Caretaker Salary in Minnesota $10.51 $21,850 # 12
Animal Caretaker Salary in New Jersey $10.85 $22,570 # 13
Animal Caretaker Salary in Massachusetts $11.02 $22,920 # 14
Animal Caretaker Salary in Maryland $10.44 $21,720 # 15
Animal Caretaker Salary in Nebraska $10.37 $21,560 # 16
Animal Caretaker Salary in Arizona $10.05 $20,900 # 17
Animal Caretaker Salary in Virginia $10.09 $20,990 # 18
Animal Caretaker Salary in Kentucky $9.75 $20,270 # 19
Animal Caretaker Salary in Florida $10.00 $20,790 # 20
Animal Caretaker Salary in Nevada $10.16 $21,140 # 21
Animal Caretaker Salary in Illinois $9.83 $20,450 # 22
Animal Caretaker Salary in Wyoming $10.68 $22,220 # 23
Animal Caretaker Salary in Georgia $9.90 $20,600 # 24
Animal Caretaker Salary in Iowa $9.49 $19,750 # 25
Animal Caretaker Salary in Michigan $9.42 $19,590 # 26
Animal Caretaker Salary in Mississippi $9.30 $19,350 # 27
Animal Caretaker Salary in Texas $9.48 $19,720 # 28
Animal Caretaker Salary in Maine $9.95 $20,690 # 29
Animal Caretaker Salary in Colorado $9.68 $20,130 # 30
Animal Caretaker Salary in Pennsylvania $9.46 $19,680 # 31
Animal Caretaker Salary in Montana $9.84 $20,470 # 32
Animal Caretaker Salary in New Hampshire $10.14 $21,100 # 33
Animal Caretaker Salary in Utah $9.24 $19,230 # 34
Animal Caretaker Salary in South Carolina $9.37 $19,490 # 35
Animal Caretaker Salary in Ohio $9.30 $19,340 # 36
Animal Caretaker Salary in West Virginia $9.34 $19,420 # 37
Animal Caretaker Salary in Missouri $9.12 $18,960 # 38
Animal Caretaker Salary in Tennessee $9.56 $19,880 # 39
Animal Caretaker Salary in Louisiana $9.91 $20,620 # 40
Animal Caretaker Salary in Delaware $9.25 $19,250 # 41
Animal Caretaker Salary in Kansas $9.31 $19,360 # 42
Animal Caretaker Salary in South Dakota $9.36 $19,480 # 43
Animal Caretaker Salary in North Dakota $9.74 $20,270 # 44
Animal Caretaker Salary in North Carolina $9.30 $19,350 # 45
Animal Caretaker Salary in Idaho $9.24 $19,210 # 46
Animal Caretaker Salary in Oklahoma $9.07 $18,860 # 47
Animal Caretaker Salary in Indiana $9.13 $18,990 # 48
Animal Caretaker Salary in Wisconsin $9.02 $18,770 # 49
Animal Caretaker Salary in Arkansas $8.93 $18,560 # 50
Animal Caretaker Salary in Alabama $9.09 $18,910 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good animal caretaker? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Jobs in your area
    • Loading jobs...
    View all jobs →