Veterinarian Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Veterinarian Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.02 per hour. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Around two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in six collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,850 - $48,040
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,000
10%
50%
90%

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$8.18 - $15.27
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,850 - $48,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $592  
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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$17,149 - $36,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.18 - $15.27  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $23.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $592  
   
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).
)
$17,149 - $36,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $23K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. 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 30%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

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
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 58%
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