Veterinarian Assistant Salary

Most Veterinarian Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $11.00 per hour. Most Veterinarian Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. About two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in six collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,922 - $47,500

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$8.23 - $15.26

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,922 - $47,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $590  
Total Pay (?
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$17,292 - $36,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.23 - $15.26  
   
Overtime
$11.23 - $23.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $590  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,292 - $36,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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Job Description for Veterinarian Assistant

  • Maintain animals, including feeding, cleaning, administering drugs and documenting care.
  • Support examinations by obtaining data and ensuring a safe environment.
  • Inventory equipment and medications to determine ordering needs and availability.
  • Interact with animals, staff and owners to determine care plans move animals to designated locations.
  • Train owners in drug administration, preventative maintenance and post-procedure care.

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Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Veterinarian Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $23K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $25K. On average, Veterinarian Assistants make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Veterinarian Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $31K.

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Experience Affects Veterinarian Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 58%
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