The ability to think critically is probably one of the most valuable assets an animal behaviorist should have. That also includes the ability to evaluate—to be able to tell what the results you see mean and to evaluate them without reference to your personal prejudices. Some animal behaviorists earn a doctorate degree in animal behavior programs in university psychology or zoology departments. They also must combine hands-on experience with their research interests.
Salaries vary widely depending on the specific work you do and the area in which you live. Those working for a university would expect to be on the same pay scale as any other faculty member of the same rank and experience, ranging from about $46,000 for lecturers to more than $90,000 for full professors.
Those who work independently, whether as trainers or teachers, can set their own fees. Most charge an hourly rate for animal training, and a set fee for classes. In general, rates start at about $100 per hour.