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Animal Breeders and Technicians

Earnings

Salaries vary widely depending on employer, the technicians' educational and agricultural background, the kind of animal the technicians work with, and the geographical areas in which they work. In general, the salaries of breeders tend to be higher in areas with a heavy concentration and in the breeding of certain specialty animals. Kentucky, for instance, leads the nation in the breeding of horses. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that animal breeders had median annual wages of $37,060 in May 2018. The top 10 percent made $67,180 or more, while the bottom 10 percent made only $25,220 or less. Fringe benefits vary according to employer but can include paid vacation time, health insurance, and pension benefits.

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