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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Animal Care Technician Salary

$15.49 hourly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$32,209 yearly

Entry level Salary
$27,000 yearly
$27,000
10 %
$32,209
Median
$37,000
90 %

How much does an Animal Care Technician make?

Animal care technicians make $32,209 per year on average, or $15.49 per hour, in the United States. Animal care technicians on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $27,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $37,000.

Location impacts how much an animal care technician can expect to make. Animal care technicians make the most in Washington, California, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Maine.

Highest Paying States For Animal Care Technicians

The darker areas on the map show where animal care technicians earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Animal Care Technician average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Maine$37,452$18.01331
2West Virginia$38,844$18.68301
3Kentucky$37,524$18.04640
4Vermont$35,892$17.26153
5North Dakota$37,099$17.84157
6Washington$42,115$20.25999
7Michigan$32,657$15.701,704
8Minnesota$35,120$16.881,194
9Alaska$36,920$17.75122
10Iowa$32,048$15.41805
11Oregon$36,479$17.54679
12Idaho$36,632$17.61206
13Rhode Island$36,030$17.32165
14Illinois$32,135$15.452,554
15South Dakota$32,268$15.51180
16Missouri$30,811$14.811,365
17Arizona$30,832$14.821,218
18Nebraska$32,380$15.57387
19Utah$33,234$15.98483
20Nevada$29,569$14.22442
21California$39,209$18.853,804
22Wyoming$32,221$15.4990
23New Hampshire$31,518$15.15307
24Wisconsin$30,518$14.671,043
25Colorado$32,886$15.81959
26Pennsylvania$33,012$15.87964
27Kansas$31,555$15.17453
28Delaware$30,930$14.87238
29Massachusetts$34,857$16.76793
30New York$34,425$16.551,281
31Mississippi$27,080$13.02456
32North Carolina$27,628$13.282,066
33Montana$29,496$14.18220
34District of Columbia$34,287$16.48145
35Ohio$28,008$13.471,980
36Indiana$30,162$14.50908
37Connecticut$31,366$15.08340
38Maryland$28,855$13.871,019
39New Jersey$29,273$14.07876
40Virginia$27,155$13.061,527
41Oklahoma$24,033$11.55555
42New Mexico$23,564$11.33365
43South Carolina$23,227$11.17889
44Alabama$24,127$11.60738
45Hawaii$28,202$13.56124
46Arkansas$26,046$12.52239
47Florida$25,238$12.131,985
48Georgia$22,831$10.981,875
49Louisiana$23,128$11.12554
50Tennessee$23,473$11.29729
51Texas$23,296$11.202,006

Highest Paying Cities For Animal Care Technicians

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1South San Francisco, CA$42,264$20.32
2Coon Rapids, MN$35,132$16.89
3Cambridge, MA$34,888$16.77
4Boulder, CO$33,225$15.97
5Mason City, IA$32,433$15.59
6Sioux Falls, SD$32,358$15.56
7Chicago, IL$32,201$15.48
8New Haven, CT$31,327$15.06
9Scottsdale, AZ$30,965$14.89
10Madison, WI$30,548$14.69
11Indianapolis, IN$30,088$14.47
12Camden, NJ$29,152$14.02
13Springfield, MO$28,906$13.90
14Bethesda, MD$28,791$13.84
15Raleigh, NC$28,018$13.47

Animal Care Technician Salary Details

Animal Care Technician Salary

What is an Animal Care Technician's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18
75th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16
Average$32,209$2,684$15
25th Percentile$29,000$2,417$14
10th Percentile$27,000$2,250$13

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Pet Groomer$31,955$2,663$15.3663,641
Pet Sitter$15,270$1,273$7.3421,735
Dog Sitter$15,435$1,286$7.4267,682
Bather$32,416$2,701$15.5856,255
Dog Walker/Pet Sitter$29,097$2,425$13.9970,256
Dog Walker$29,863$2,489$14.365,474

Which Companies Pay Animal Care Technicians The Most?

The highest paying companies for animal care technicians are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Prime Healthcare and Baystate Health report highly competitive wages for animal care technicians.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center$38,745$18.6340
2Massachusetts General Hospital$38,012$18.2714
3Prime Healthcare$37,198$17.88205
4Baystate Health$37,146$17.865
5Children's Hospital Colorado$35,968$17.293
6Vanderbilt University Medical Center$35,931$17.2780
7Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.c. Or Aza$35,754$17.1964
8Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center$35,673$17.1567
9Akron Children's Hospital$35,611$17.1226
10Mayo Clinic$35,573$17.1051
11University of Massachusetts Medical School$35,129$16.891
12Cape Cod Healthcare$34,954$16.806
13Intermountain Healthcare$34,951$16.80205
14RWJBarnabas Health$34,782$16.7268
15St. Luke's Hospital$34,772$16.7210
16Univ Of Colorado-Colorado Spgs$34,768$16.7238
17Calvary Hospital$34,751$16.71
18Aerotek$34,699$16.6894
19Namsa$34,650$16.661
20Kelly Services$34,616$16.6438

How Much Do Animal Care Technicians Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much an animal care technician salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The health care industry pays animal care technicians an average salary of $34,651

  2. The agriculture industry pay $34,419

  3. The lowest paying industry for animal care technicians is the education industry. Animal care technicians in this industry earn an average salary of $32,802

Highest Paying Industries For Animal Care Technicians

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Health Care$34,651$16.66
2Agriculture$34,419$16.55
3Manufacturing$34,312$16.50
4Pharmaceutical$34,145$16.42
5Non Profits$33,580$16.14
6Education$32,802$15.77

High Paying Animal Care Technician Jobs

Animal Care Technician Salary Trends

The salary for an animal care technician can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Animal Care Technician Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$27,400$13.16
Mid Level$31,300$15.04
Senior Level$35,300$16.98

Average Animal Care Technician Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Animal Care Technician Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$32,200$15.49+5.0%
    2021$30,600$14.71+4.1%
    2020$29,300$14.11+3.4%
    2019$28,300$13.63+4.2%
    2018$27,200$13.06+4.5%

    Recently Added Animal Care Technician Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Christensen FarmsAnimal Care TechnicianParis, IL06/01/2022$41,740
    Virginia Beach S P C A Inc.Animal Care Technician-IsolationVirginia Beach, VA05/31/2022$27,131
    Foster Coordinator In Merriam, KansasAnimal Care TechnicianMerriam, KS05/31/2022$22,957
    VCA Animal HospitalsAnimal Care TechnicianRedmond, WA05/31/2022$33,392
    Christensen FarmsAnimal Care TechnicianPierre, SD05/29/2022$41,740
    Christensen FarmsAnimal Care Technician-Wean To Finish-ClearClear Lake, IA05/29/2022$41,740
    UchealthUrgent Care TechnicianDenver, CO05/29/2022$42,283
    Christensen FarmsAnimal Care TechnicianONeill, NE05/28/2022$34,436
    Christensen FarmsAnimal Care TechnicianWillmar, MN05/28/2022$41,740
    Intermountain HealthcareWound Care Technician (PRN)Salt Lake City, UT05/27/2022$34,436

    Animal Care Technician Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Animal Care Technicians the most?

    Washington pays Animal Care Technicians the most in the United States, with an average salary of $42,115 per year, or $20.25 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Animal Care Technician?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Animal Care Technician if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $39,209 per year.

    What type of Animal Care Technician gets paid the most?

    Animal Technician gets paid the most. Animal Technician made a median salary of $38,280. The best-paid 10 percent make $48,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $30,000.

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