Animal trainers are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, animal trainers rate their career happiness 4.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 3% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy animal trainers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Wildlife rehabilitator
Animal trainer
Horse trainer

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are animal trainers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do animal trainers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as animal trainers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are animal trainer’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are animal trainers making the best use of their abilities?

Are animal trainers happy with their salary?