UK Zoo Salaries
From June to October 2021 (inc) there were 115 UK and Ireland zoo related
vacancies advertised on Zoo Jobs.
Of these only 27 indicated salary. Most stated “As per qualifications and experience or Competitive salary.”
Most indicated hours to be worked which varied from 37.5 to 43 hours a week
Although I fully appreciate that all zoos are different as are job titles and that duties
and responsibilities vary, the list below should give you a good indication of the salary
you should expect in various posts.
Trainee Animal Keeper
Trainee Primate Keeper
£16,640.00 - £18,533.00
Trainee Bird Keeper
£20,210.45 - £21,782.15
Living Collections Keeper
Animal Keeper - Team Leader
Experienced Carnivore Keeper
£19,448.00 - £20,280.00
Deputy Section Leader
Senior Living Collection Keeper
Qualified Animal Keeper
Assistant Team Manager
Section Head of Primates
Experienced Elephant Keeper
Experienced Bird Keeper
Director of Operations
When I started my zoo career back in 1967 my weekly wage was around £9.00
for a basic 6 day 48 hour working week. I was never paid overtime but worked
60+ hours a week more often than not. I loved the work and still do. Zoo work
has never been about salary...but we all need money to get by...don’t we ?
Because of Covid and travel restrictions I have been without any salary for
two years now, Times are hard... for us all.
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