Veterinarian Assistant Salary

Veterinarian Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $11.05 per hour on average. There are far more female Veterinarian Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. More than a third enjoy medical while about a sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in ten. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinarian Assistants. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$20,097 - $53,500
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$20K
$34K
$54K
MEDIAN: $33,970
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$8.35 - $14.98
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$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,097 - $53,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $517  
Total Pay (?
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$17,851 - $36,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.35 - $14.98  
   
Overtime
$11.15 - $23.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $517  
   
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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$17,851 - $36,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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Job Description for Veterinarian Assistant

A veterinarian assistant helps handle dogs, cats and other animals in a veterinary practice or animal hospital. The assistant typically performs routine examinations and tests for the veterinarian and provides any assistance required when the doctor sees the animal. This can include helping calm, distract or subdue the animal to facilitate an examination and diagnosis. The assistant also typically is the person who monitors animals that are in recovery from surgical procedures in a kennel area, watching their reactions and appetites, assisting with feeding, and performing other important duties.

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Veterinarian Assistant Tasks

  • 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Veterinarian Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $25K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $23K. For Veterinarian Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $31K.

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Experience Affects Veterinarian Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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