Women make up the vast majority of Veterinarian Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $11.66 per hour. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in four collect dental insurance. Most Veterinarian Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$19,653 - $41,505
$20K
$27K
$42K
MEDIAN: $26,963
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$8.84 - $14.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,653 - $41,505  
   
Bonus
$225.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,787 - $34,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $14.94  
   
Overtime
$9.21 - $26.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$225.00  
   
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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$18,787 - $34,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 120

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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

  • 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.
  • Inventory equipment and medications to determine ordering needs and availability.
  • Maintain animals, including feeding, cleaning, administering drugs and documenting care.
  • Support examinations by obtaining data and ensuring a safe environment.

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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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $23K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $31K on average.

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Key Stats for Veterinarian Assistant

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
052
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Veterinarian Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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