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Animal Keeper Salary

$23,813 (USD)

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Last updated: June 15, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for an Animal Keeper is $23,813 a year and $11 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for an Animal Keeper is between $19,017 and $27,496. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for an Animal Keeper. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Cares for animals in zoo, circus, or menagerie by feeding, watering, and cleaning quarters of animals.
  • Prepares food for charges by chopping or grinding meat, fish, fruit, or vegetables; mixing prepared, dry, or liquid commercial feeds; or unbaling forage grasses.
  • Adds vitamins or medication to food as prescribed by Veterinarian.
  • Fills water containers and places food in cages as specified.
  • Cleans animals' quarters, using rake, water hose, and disinfectant.
  • Observes animals to detect illnesses and injuries and notifies animal keeper, head or veterinarian of findings.
  • Transfers animals from one enclosure to another for purposes such as breeding, giving birth, rearrangement of exhibits, or shipping.
  • Sets temperature and humidity controls of quarters as specified.
  • Answers visitors' questions concerning animals' habits or zoo operations.
  • Bathes and grooms animals as required.
  • May assist veterinarian in treatment of animals for illnesses and injuries.
  • May assist animal trainer or instructor in presentation of programs, shows, or lectures.
  • May assist maintenance staff in cleaning zoo facilities.
  • May be designated according to animal cared for as bear keeper; elephant keeper; monkey keeper; or according to species as bird keeper; mammal keeper.
  • May direct activities of other workers.
Animal Keeper Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Job family population: 190,520

Estimated population of Animal Keeper jobs: 21,308

Rate of error: 1.4%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Animal Keeper Job Listings for United States

Veterinary Technician I - LA Food Animal Medicine
Jun 12
Austin, United States
Texas A&M University
Performs record keeping * Restocks expendable supplies, drugs and solutions * Assists with physical ... Food Animal Medicine and Surgery service is not busy and perform additional duties as directed
Vet Tech
Jun 4
Hawthorne, CA, USA
Animal Medical Center
Determines animal requirements by conducting examinations and interviews; reviewing care plans and ... Keeps supplies ready by inventorying stock; placing orders; verifying receipt. * Updates job ...
Licensed Veterinary Technician - Bremerton
Jun 2
Bremerton, Washington, USA
... keeping. * Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor ... Biology -- Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions ...
Professional Groomer
May 23
Yorktown, VA, USA
Grafton Animal Hospital
Grafton Animal Hospital has a part-time position open for an experienced groomer to join our well ... Keeping detailed notes of grooming work for each pet * Maintaining a clean and organized work ...
Veterinary Technician - FT - Carmel
May 13
Carmel, IN, USA
Noah's Animal Hospitals
Noah's Animal Hospital at Carmel Schedule: Full-Time, 4 days of 10-hour shifts About the Position ... Finding and Keeping the Right People
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