Training Requirements for Animal Trainers

Animal trainers need a high school diploma or equivalent and moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Animal trainers
Percent
Less than High School 6.5
High School 24.1
Some College 26.7
Associates Degree 11.1
Bachelors Degree 25.6
Masters Degree 5.0
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.0

Employment Outlook for Animal Trainers

This represents about 36,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 4,000 more animal trainers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 17,000 more.

Typical Income for Animal Trainers

Hourly Income

On average,animal trainers make $16.62 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Animal trainers $9.01 $10.38 $13.31 $19.58 $27.91
Personal care and service occupations $8.45 $9.29 $10.92 $14.02 $19.47
Animal care and service workers $8.46 $9.21 $10.69 $13.33 $17.97
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, animal trainers make $34,580 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Animal trainers $18,740 $21,590 $27,690 $40,740 $58,050
Personal care and service occupations $17,590 $19,320 $22,710 $29,170 $40,490
Animal care and service workers $17,600 $19,160 $22,230 $27,730 $37,370
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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