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Veterinarian Assistant Salary

An average Veterinarian Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.83 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and close to one-sixth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Veterinarian Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Veterinarian Assistants (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$20,166 - $48,273
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$48K
MEDIAN: $29,747
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$8.17 - $15.09
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,166 - $48,273  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
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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$17,249 - $35,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.17 - $15.09  
   
Overtime
$11.23 - $23.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
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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$17,249 - $35,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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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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Experience Affects Veterinarian Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

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 24 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 57%