Women account for the majority of Veterinarian Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.44 per hour. Just over two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a fourth collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Veterinarian Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,850 - $42,574
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,479
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$8.66 - $15.09
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,850 - $42,574  
   
Bonus
$250.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,475 - $36,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.66 - $15.09  
   
Overtime
$9.14 - $26.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$250.00  
   
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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$18,475 - $36,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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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.


For Veterinarian Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $23K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $25K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $31K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Veterinarian Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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