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Working as an Animal Caregiver

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an animal caregiver. For example, did you know that they make an average of $12.99 an hour? That's $27,028 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 16% and produce 51,700 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does an Animal Caregiver Do

There are certain skills that many animal caregivers have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed customer-service skills, physical stamina and problem-solving skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an animal caregiver, we found that a lot of resumes listed 54.2% of animal caregivers included daily care, while 18.8% of resumes included animal care, and 2.9% of resumes included animal shelter. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become an Animal Caregiver

If you're interested in becoming an animal caregiver, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 37.3% of animal caregivers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 2.9% of animal caregivers have master's degrees. Even though some animal caregivers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an animal caregiver. When we researched the most common majors for an animal caregiver, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on animal caregiver resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an animal caregiver. In fact, many animal caregiver jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many animal caregivers also have previous career experience in roles such as volunteer or sales associate.

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Average Salary$27,028
Job Growth Rate16%

Animal Caregiver Career Paths

Top Careers Before Animal Caregiver

Cashier
14.2 %
Volunteer
10.5 %

Top Careers After Animal Caregiver

Cashier
14.3 %

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Average Salary for an Animal Caregiver

Animal Caregivers in America make an average salary of $27,028 per year or $13 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $35,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $20,000 per year.
Average Salary
$27,028

Best Paying Cities

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Animal Caregiver
Animal Caregiver
San Diego Humane Society
San Diego Humane Society
01/28/2021
01/28/2021
$30,78301/28/2021
$30,783
Animal Caregiver
Animal Caregiver
San Diego Humane Society
San Diego Humane Society
12/25/2020
12/25/2020
$29,15512/25/2020
$29,155
Animal Caregiver
Animal Caregiver
San Diego Humane Society
San Diego Humane Society
11/19/2020
11/19/2020
$29,15511/19/2020
$29,155
Animal Caregiver
Animal Caregiver
San Diego Humane Society
San Diego Humane Society
10/29/2020
10/29/2020
$29,15510/29/2020
$29,155
Animal Caregiver
Animal Caregiver
City of Las Cruces, Nm
City of Las Cruces, Nm
10/20/2020
10/20/2020
$22,99910/20/2020
$22,999

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Animal Caregiver Demographics

Gender

female

73.4 %

male

23.2 %

unknown

3.3 %

Ethnicity

White

74.0 %

Hispanic or Latino

14.4 %

Black or African American

4.8 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.0 %

German

8.0 %

French

8.0 %
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Animal Caregiver Education

Majors

Biology
14.1 %

Degrees

Bachelors

37.3 %

High School Diploma

29.4 %

Associate

17.8 %

Top Colleges for Animal Caregivers

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

2. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

3. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

4. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI • Public

In-State Tuition
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079

5. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,188
Enrollment
15,105

6. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$14,184
Enrollment
30,845

7. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

8. Georgetown University

Washington, DC • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,104
Enrollment
7,089

9. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,740
Enrollment
5,567

10. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$59,430
Enrollment
8,216
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Top Skills For an Animal Caregiver

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 54.2% of animal caregivers listed daily care on their resume, but soft skills such as customer-service skills and physical stamina are important as well.

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Top Animal Caregiver Employers

1. Best Friends Animal Society
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$20,128
Animal Caregivers Hired: 
8+
2. Pet Supplies Plus
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$28,350
Animal Caregivers Hired: 
7+
3. Farm Sanctuary
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$28,401
Animal Caregivers Hired: 
5+
4. Pet Smart Inc
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$30,516
Animal Caregivers Hired: 
4+
5. Petco Holdings Inc
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$27,882
Animal Caregivers Hired: 
4+
6. CARE
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$26,415
Animal Caregivers Hired: 
4+
Updated October 2, 2020