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Animal Caretaker - Federal Salaries of 2022

Pay Rates for "Animal Caretaker"

How much does an Animal Caretaker in the federal government get paid? $49,502.86* *Based on the 2022 average.

Animal Caretaker was the 310th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2022, with 237 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal wage system payscale.

In 2022, the Agricultural Research Service hired the most employees titled Animal Caretaking, with an average salary of $49,629.

Government Animal Caretaking jobs are classified under the Federal Wage Schedule, Wage Grade (FWS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Animal Caretaking job is FWS-4, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is FWS-5. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This standard covers nonsupervisory work which involves providing care for mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish. This work requires knowledge of the animals' characteristics, needs, and behavior, and skill in observing, handling, and controlling them.

Agencies that have hired an Animal Caretaker

Animal Caretaker Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Animal Caretaker is $49,502.86. The highest paid Animal Caretaker made $84,649 in 2022.

Common Animal Caretaker Payscales

Payscale Number of Animal Caretaking Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 212
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 15
WL - Leader Pay Schedule - Federal Wage System 9
XA - Special Overlap Area Rate Schedule - Nonsupervisory - Federal Wage System 1

Starting Paygrade: $8.78 to $21.06 / hour at paygrade FWS-4
Maximum Paygrade: $22.47 to $9.25 / hour at paygrade FWS-5

Other Jobs at the FWS-4 Paygrade

FWS-4 is the starting paygrade for Animal Caretaking jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the FWS-4 paygrade.

Occupation Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Motor Vehicle OperatingFWS-4FWS-8
Sewing Machine OperatingFWS-3FWS-6
Fabric WorkingFWS-1FWS-9
Laboratory WorkingFWS-1FWS-4

Average Animal Caretaking Pay Trend from 2004 to 2022

In 2004, the average pay for an Animal Caretaker was $33,459. Since then, the average pay has increased to $49,503 in 2022.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 5048.

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