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Trends in Animal Welfare Salaries

How have salaries and benefits for animal welfare positions changed over the years? Through its partnership with Mountain States Employers, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) has been collecting “pay intelligence” for 18 years, to help animal welfare professional leaders ensure they are paying comparable or better wages than industry best practices.

The 2011 survey had a record 148 participants reporting salary data for 44 positions. We extracted 20 positions that have been consistently surveyed, averaged the base salaries, and looked at the percentage increases for the last 10 years compared to 2011. Positions were sorted into three categories—Top Management, Supervisory, and Clerical/Technical.

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