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Animal Trainer Salary Information

The salary statistics of animal trainers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of animal trainers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The animal trainers 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 Trainer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$57,160
75th Percentile Wage
$40,220
50th Percentile Wage
$25,770
25th Percentile Wage
$20,190
10th Percentile Wage
$17,650

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for animal trainers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) animal trainers is $57,160. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,650. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 223% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $25,770 1.78%
2013 $25,320 0.20%
2012 $25,270 -2.73%
2011 $25,980 -2.26%
2010 $26,580 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for animal trainers from 2010 to 2014. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 0.20%. We also see in both 2011 and 2012 the salaries had negtive growth.

Table 3. Average Salary of Animal Trainers vs. Related Jobs

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

Table 4. Animal Trainer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of animal trainers in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for animal trainers occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $36,950. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $20,530).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$36,950
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$35,670
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$34,620
Federal, State, and Local Government
$32,430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$31,940
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$29,840
Educational Services
$29,240
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,760
Accommodation and Food Services
$21,740
Retail Trade
$20,530

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Animal Trainers by States

From the above tables we note that not only animal trainers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of animal trainers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,830 to $41,480. The highest paying state for animal trainers is Delaware with a median annual salary of $41,480. The lowest paying state is Montana with a median annual salary of $18,830. For more salary information of animal trainers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Delaware
$41,480
New York
$38,090
Maryland
$32,560
West Virginia
$32,250
Alabama
$31,770
California
$31,010
Massachusetts
$30,640
Wisconsin
$29,610
Virginia
$27,840
Kentucky
$27,620
Arkansas
$27,500
Alaska
$27,130
Oklahoma
$26,730
Hawaii
$26,660
South Carolina
$26,430
New Mexico
$26,320
Michigan
$25,800
Georgia
$24,500
Washington
$24,480
New Jersey
$24,390
New Hampshire
$24,110
Arizona
$23,890
Minnesota
$23,640
Connecticut
$23,600
Florida
$23,600
Oregon
$23,570
Utah
$23,460
Iowa
$23,000
Pennsylvania
$22,780
Nevada
$22,560
Missouri
$22,360
Texas
$22,360
Colorado
$22,200
Louisiana
$21,590
Tennessee
$20,770
Idaho
$20,040
Maine
$19,520
Ohio
$19,430
Kansas
$19,220
Indiana
$18,960
Montana
$18,830