How much does a Zookeeper make?

Updated Nov 30, 2021

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$33,346 /yr
Average Base Pay

266 salaries

$23K

Low

$33K

Average

$49K

High

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The national average salary for Zookeeper is $33,346 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Zookeeper salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 266 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Zookeeper employees.

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Houston Zoo
3.7

Houston Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$16

 /hr
Range: $12 - $25
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$12

$25

$12 - $25 Range

Kansas City Zoo
3.2

Kansas City Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$14

 /hr
Range: $13 - $16

$13

$16

$13 - $16 Range

Audubon Nature Institute
2.7

Audubon Nature Institute

Zookeeper - Hourly

$16

 /hr
Range: $15 - $18

$15

$18

$15 - $18 Range

Memphis Zoo
3.1

Memphis Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$12

 /hr
Range: $11 - $32

$11

$32

$11 - $32 Range

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3.2

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Zookeeper - Hourly

$16

 /hr
Range: $12 - $19

$12

$19

$12 - $19 Range

Nashville Zoo
3.9

Nashville Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$15

 /hr
Range: $14 - $16

$14

$16

$14 - $16 Range

Birmingham Zoo
3.2

Birmingham Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$12

 /hr
Range: $12 - $13

$12

$13

$12 - $13 Range

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Austin Zoo
1.5

Austin Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$12

 /hr
Range: $11 - $20

$11

$20

$11 - $20 Range

Tanganyika Wildlife Park
2.5

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Zookeeper - Hourly

$11

 /hr
Range: $10 - $11

$10

$11

$10 - $11 Range

San Diego Zoo Global
3.8

San Diego Zoo Global

Zookeeper - Hourly

$25

 /hr
Range: $23 - $26

$23

$26

$23 - $26 Range

Woodland Park Zoo
3.6

Woodland Park Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$25

 /hr
Range: $14 - $28

$14

$28

$14 - $28 Range

Saint Louis Zoo
4.2

Saint Louis Zoo

Zookeeper

$41,470

 /yr
Range: $41K - $50K

$41K

$50K

$41,189 - $50,295 Range

Detroit Zoological Society
3.2

Detroit Zoological Society

Zookeeper - Hourly

$23

 /hr
Range: $20 - $24

$20

$24

$20 - $24 Range

North Carolina Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$15

 /hr
Range: $11 - $16

$11

$16

$11 - $16 Range

Fort Worth Zoo
2.5

Fort Worth Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$14

 /hr
Range: $13 - $16

$13

$16

$13 - $16 Range

Zoo New England
3.2

Zoo New England

Zookeeper - Hourly

$16

 /hr
Range: $15 - $20

$15

$20

$15 - $20 Range

Tulsa Zoo
4

Tulsa Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$15

 /hr
Range: $14 - $16

$14

$16

$14 - $16 Range

Fresno Chaffee Zoo
3.3

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$17

 /hr
Range: $16 - $18

$16

$18

$16 - $18 Range

2.9

El Paso Zoo

Zookeeper - Hourly

$13

 /hr
Range: $12 - $13

$12

$13

$12 - $13 Range

Wildlife Conservation Society
3.6

Wildlife Conservation Society

Zookeeper

$44,223

 /yr
Range: $31K - $50K

$31K

$50K

$31,483 - $50,000 Range

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The national average salary for a Zookeeper is $33,346 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Zookeeper salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 266 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Zookeeper employees.

The highest salary for a Zookeeper in United States is $48,595 per year.

The lowest salary for a Zookeeper in United States is $22,882 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent zookeeper salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$30,000
per year
A Zookeeper in the San Francisco, CA Area area reported making $30,000 per year
Job Highlights
San Francisco, CA Area area
Part-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$35,034
per year
A Zookeeper in the Fresno, CA Area area reported making $35,034 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Fresno, CA Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$18
hourly
A Zookeeper in the Houston, TX Area area reported making $18 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Houston, TX Area area
Full-time
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
$16
hourly
A Seasonal Zookeeper in the Denver, CO Area area reported making $16 per hour
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Denver, CO Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$14
hourly
A Zookeeper in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Area area reported making $14 per hour
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$14
hourly
A Zookeeper in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Area area reported making $14 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Area area
Full-time
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$15
hourly
A Zookeeper in the Norwich, CT Area area reported making $15 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Norwich, CT Area area
Full-time
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public