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Animal Behaviorist Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as of May 2008 animal behaviorists earned an averaged salary of $61,640. The lowest paid 10 percent of animal behaviorists averaged salaries of $33,060 or less, while the highest paid 10 percent averaged nearly $100,000 a year in compensation.

According to, animal behaviorists with a minimum of four years of career experience usually have an annual salary of $38,916 to $50,444. Those with 10 to 20 years of job experience earned an average of $44,219 to $78,277.

As of May 2008, the federal government paid $98,980 a year to animal behaviorists on its payrole, the highest average salaries paid to animal behaviorists in the United States. Colleges and universities were the largest employers of these scientists and paid their animal behaviorist employees $57,400 a year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, animal behaviorists who lived in Maryland received $100,350 a year, the highest compenstation for any professional in the industry. Other high-paying states for animal behaviorists/scientists were New Jersey, Missouri, Florida, and Iowa, where salaries averaged $70,000 to $75,000.

In addition, animal behaviorists have reported receiving annual bonuses of $1,200 to $4,250 as well as an average of two to three weeks of paid vacation per year. Other benefits include paid sick leave and holidays, 401k retirement plans, life and disability insurance, a casual dress and atmosphere, tuition reimbursement, and flexible scheduling.

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