Veterinarian Assistant Salary

Veterinarian Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.77 per hour. Women account for the majority of Veterinarian Assistants who took the survey — 90 percent to be exact. Just over two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in four collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Veterinarian Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$19,813 - $40,851
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MEDIAN: $25,708
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$8.81 - $15.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,813 - $40,851  
   
Bonus
$225.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,793 - $34,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $15.13  
   
Overtime
$10.18 - $25.39  
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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$18,793 - $34,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 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

  • 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

Pay by Experience for a Veterinarian Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinarian Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 86 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinarian Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Veterinarian Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 20 salaries. A Veterinarian Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 7 salaries.

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Key Stats for Veterinarian Assistant

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Veterinarian Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 56%
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