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Show Me the Money

Surveys of shelter salaries may help you determine appropriate compensation packages for your organization's employees

Attracting and maintaining a talented and dedicated staff while staying within budget is a tough balancing act for animal shelters. If your shelter is evaluating its salary and benefits structure, data from the following surveys may help you in your efforts. Of course, these surveys should serve only as a guide, as salaries and benefits fluctuate substantially depending on the cost of living in a given area and an agency's annual budget.

The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) sponsors an annual survey of salary and personnel practices at humane organizations across the country. Those who participate in the survey receive a complimentary copy of the results; those who don't participate can purchase a copy. The survey is conducted for SAWA by the Mountain States Employers Council. For more information, call Dorothy Shadrick at 303-758-9611, or send her a fax at 303-758-9616.

The National Animal Control Association (NACA) surveyed animal care and control agencies in cities throughout the U.S. regarding salaries and benefits received by staff in a variety of positions. The survey includes statistics on the numbers of animals handled by each agency and other aspects of shelter operations. The 2000 report is available to NACA members for $25 and to non-members for $50. Contact NACA, Box 480851, Kansas City, MO 64148; 800-828-6474;

Several state associations, including the Florida Animal Control Association, have conducted salary surveys to assist their member organizations. If your state has such an association, contact its representatives to find out if such a survey is available for your area. FACA's survey is free to FACA members; call 407-282-9600 for more information.


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