Career Development

Career development resources for aspiring professionals.

Career Change Center

Career change guides, tutorials and resources for professionals in transition.

Job Search Resources

Job search resources, websites, guides and directories for job seekers.

Animal Trainer Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

  Pay Period Low Median High
  Hourly $7.66 $12.65 $22.42
  Annual $15,900 $26,300 $46,600
  • “High” indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.
  • “Median” indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
  • “Low” indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.
  • “N/A” indicates the data is not available.

Notes: The yearly wage data presented above represents U.S. workers who are employed full-time with year-round schedules.

Occupation Description

Animal Trainers train animals for riding, security, harness, or obedience, performance, or assisting persons with disabilities. They accustom animals to human voice and contact, and condition animals to respond to commands. Such training may be to accommodate standards for show or competition. Some train animals to carry loads or work as part of a pack team.