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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Animal Trainer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,740
25th Percentile Wage
$21,590
50th Percentile Wage
$27,690
75th Percentile Wage
$40,740
90th Percentile Wage
$58,050

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 $58,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $27,690. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,740. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 209% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of animal trainers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201627,6903.90%8.74%
201526,6103.16%-
201425,7701.75%-
201325,3200.20%-
201225,270--

Table 2. Animal Trainer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of animal trainers in 11 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for animal trainers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $44,840. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $21,800).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$44,840
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,160
Health Care and Social Assistance
$34,250
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$33,350
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$32,730
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$32,470
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$31,960
Educational Services
$30,440
Construction
$28,380
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,020
Retail Trade
$21,800

Table 3. 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 $19,990 to $44,660. The highest paying state for animal trainers is Minnesota with a median annual salary of $44,660. The lowest paying state is Indiana with a median annual salary of $19,990. For more salary information of animal trainers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Minnesota
$44,660
New Hampshire
$37,880
New York
$36,550
Washington
$35,850
Kentucky
$34,730
New Jersey
$34,700
Alabama
$34,370
California
$31,990
South Carolina
$30,470
Wisconsin
$29,980
Illinois
$28,910
Massachusetts
$28,530
Iowa
$28,460
Missouri
$28,280
Florida
$28,270
Virginia
$28,180
Utah
$27,510
Hawaii
$27,210
Georgia
$27,130
Nebraska
$26,830
Connecticut
$26,300
Texas
$26,270
Delaware
$24,790
Colorado
$24,390
Pennsylvania
$24,310
Tennessee
$23,930
Oklahoma
$23,900
West Virginia
$23,900
Maryland
$23,790
Oregon
$23,770
Montana
$23,610
North Carolina
$23,460
Louisiana
$23,300
Michigan
$23,180
Arkansas
$23,020
Arizona
$22,440
Kansas
$22,300
Ohio
$22,230
Nevada
$21,820
Puerto Rico
$20,870
Indiana
$19,990


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