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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Animal Trainer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,610
25th Percentile Wage
$22,670
50th Percentile Wage
$28,880
75th Percentile Wage
$40,250
90th Percentile Wage
$56,000

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 $56,000. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,610. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 185% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of animal trainers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$28,880
4.12% 12.50%
2016
$27,690
3.90% -
2015
$26,610
3.16% -
2014
$25,770
1.75% -
2013
$25,320
0.20% -
2012
$25,270
- -

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 $44,280. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $22,470).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$44,280
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,460
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$35,540
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$35,340
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$32,530
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$32,170
Construction
$28,380
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,980
Educational Services
$24,410
Retail Trade
$22,850
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,470

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 $18,400 to $40,070. The highest paying state for animal trainers is Kentucky with a median annual salary of $40,070. The lowest paying state is Idaho with a median annual salary of $18,400. For more salary information of animal trainers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Kentucky
$40,070
Washington
$38,780
New York
$34,480
Massachusetts
$34,090
Connecticut
$32,960
South Carolina
$32,380
California
$32,280
New Jersey
$31,460
Hawaii
$29,790
New Mexico
$29,760
Nebraska
$29,520
Missouri
$28,980
Alaska
$28,750
North Dakota
$28,560
Delaware
$28,460
Georgia
$28,030
Texas
$27,800
Florida
$27,690
Minnesota
$27,000
Colorado
$26,600
Illinois
$26,250
Virginia
$26,100
New Hampshire
$25,930
Pennsylvania
$25,870
Alabama
$25,590
Ohio
$25,550
Nevada
$25,180
Utah
$24,860
Iowa
$24,640
Arizona
$24,570
Tennessee
$24,510
Louisiana
$24,460
Indiana
$24,400
North Carolina
$24,380
Michigan
$24,100
Montana
$23,950
Maryland
$23,700
Wisconsin
$23,590
Oklahoma
$23,590
Oregon
$23,540
Maine
$22,740
West Virginia
$22,690
Kansas
$21,440
Puerto Rico
$20,680
Arkansas
$20,280
Idaho
$18,400



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