$30,410 a year: How much you’d earn as a Louisville dog catcher — if you have a license to kill

time-clockBoulevard reports extensively on executive pay at big local employers. But we also look at what folks make down in the trenches — or in the animal kingdom. Here’s an opening listed on the City of Louisville’s help-wanted website.

The job: animal control officer.

The duties for this Louisville Metro government job appear fairly straightforward: explain to the public procedures, laws, codes and ordinances; patrol an assigned geographic area year-round; investigate complaints and issue citations, violations and warnings; and capture and impound animals with a net, rope, trap, food, other equipment or other technique or method.

But then there’s this special requirement: “Must possess EBI (euthanasia by injection) certification issued by the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners or obtain within six months of employment.”

What it pays: $14.62 an hour. At that rate, working 40 hours weekly for 52 weeks, you’d make $30,410 a year.

Your net income after taxes would be about $2,007 a month, according to this tax calculator.

But can you live on that?

Possibly, but it’s going to be tight. Your biggest expense would likely be housing. Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Louisville is $750, excluding utilities, according to a recent study.

Bag of groceriesAnother big expense, groceries, would cost $303 a month for a typical man on a moderate food budget, and $259 for women, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Subtract those housing and food expenses, and you’re left with $954 to $998 a month for everything else, including payments for auto and student loans; car insurance; out-of-pocket medical expenses; cable TV-Internet, cellphone service and other utilities; clothes, and money put aside for savings.

Related: Actor Daniel Craig’s James Bond, top, had a license to kill. Watch him in this trailer for last year’s “Spectre.”

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