How Much Money Does a Zookeeper Make?

Zookeepers make between $30,000 and $80,000 per year depending on their experience level and where they work. Starting zookeepers can work their way up to higher positions and salaries throughout their career according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To be a zookeeper, a bachelors degree in biology or animal science is usually required. If a zookeeper wants to work with marine mammals, the degree should concentrate in an area like marine biology. After gaining an entry level position, zookeepers who continue their studies and gain an advanced degree have more opportunities for advancement.

Typical zookeeper duties include cleaning and caring for animal habitats, supervising animal nutrition, treating animals for injuries, and interacting with the public. Zookeepers can work at zoos, aquariums,nature preserves, and wildlife parks.