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Animal Care and Service Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of animal care and service workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of animal care and service workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of animal care and service workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The animal care and service workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Animal Care and Service Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$35,620
75th Percentile Wage
$25,860
50th Percentile Wage
$20,610
25th Percentile Wage
$18,090
10th Percentile Wage
$16,790

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for animal care and service workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) animal care and service workers is $35,620. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16,790. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 112% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Animal Care and Service Workers vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Animal Trainers
$25,770
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
$20,340

Table 3. Animal Care and Service Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of animal care and service workers in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for animal care and service workers occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $31,930. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $19,310).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$31,930
Federal, State, and Local Government
$30,140
Manufacturing
$29,290
Educational Services
$28,020
Health Care and Social Assistance
$24,120
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$24,070
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$23,530
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$22,430
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$21,700
Wholesale Trade
$20,900
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,570
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$19,430
Retail Trade
$19,310

Table 4. Salaries of Animal Care and Service Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of animal care and service worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 4. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Animal Trainers
$25,770
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
$20,340

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