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Animal Keeper Salary
in California, United States

$26,362 (USD)

Average Salary

$13/hr

Average Hourly

$361

Average Bonus

Last updated: December 07, 2019

The average pay for an Animal Keeper is $26,362 a year and $13 an hour in California, United States. The average salary range for an Animal Keeper is between $24,959 and $30,440. 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 California, United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Description:
  • 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 California, United States

Job family: Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Job family population: 199,850

Estimated population of Animal Keeper jobs: 22,351

Rate of error: 1.4%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$30,561
5 Year Change:
16 %
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About California, United States

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Description: California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles...

Animal Keeper Job Listings for California, United States

Senior Animal Technician (9524C) 3126 - 3126
Nov 20
San Francisco, United States
University of California-Berkeley
... keeping of each animal received including required federal forms, health charts, I.D. numbers, and release forms. * Perform euthanasia on rodents under the direction of the Veterinarian Staff
Veterinarian - Small Animal Surgeon - Full or Part-Time - (DC-18-001)
Nov 15
San Jose, CA, USA
SAGE Veterinary Centers
... keeping our core values and methods intact. * Compassion: Our work is about caring for living ... Small Animal Veterinarian, Location: San Jose, CA - 95192
Veterinary Technician
Dec 5
Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
Paw Rehab
Are you experienced or certified in animal rehabilitation therapy or interested in pursuing a ... keeping. The veterinary technician or veterinary assistants also provide support to the ...
Veterinary Technician / Veterinary Assistant
Nov 26
San Francisco, CA, USA
Urban Pet Hospital
Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination or operating rooms, or animal loading ... to: keeping reception desk area and lobby clean and sanitary, taking out the trash and recycling ...
Animal Care Technician
Nov 25
San Diego, CA, USA
Kelly Services
Animal Care Technician, San Diego, CA Seeking Animal Care Technicians to care for rats and/or mice in a closed barrier colony by following standard operating procedure of strain or line. Provide ...

The average pay for an Animal Keeper is $26,362 a year and $13 an hour in California, United States. The average salary range for an Animal Keeper is between $24,959 and $30,440. 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 California, United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Senior Animal Technician (9524C) 3126 - 3126
Nov 20
San Francisco, United States
University of California-Berkeley
... keeping of each animal received including required federal forms, health charts, I.D. numbers, and release forms. * Perform euthanasia on rodents under the direction of the Veterinarian Staff
Veterinarian - Small Animal Surgeon - Full or Part-Time - (DC-18-001)
Nov 15
San Jose, CA, USA
SAGE Veterinary Centers
... keeping our core values and methods intact. * Compassion: Our work is about caring for living ... Small Animal Veterinarian, Location: San Jose, CA - 95192
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