Veterinarian Assistant Salary

The average Veterinarian Assistant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.05 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and nearly one in six earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Veterinarian Assistants (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. For the most part, Veterinarian Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,097 - $53,500
(Median)
$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.


Veterinarian Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $23K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $25K. On average, Veterinarian Assistants make $29K following one to two decades on the job. Veterinarian Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $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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