Veterinary Assistant Salary

For Veterinary Assistants, hourly average wages total $10.80 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to close to two-fifths, and one-fifth earn dental coverage. The majority of Veterinary Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Veterinary Assistants who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,449 - $47,981
(Median)
$19K
$28K
$48K
MEDIAN: $27,683
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$8.58 - $14.58
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,449 - $47,981  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $599  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,452  
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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$18,138 - $31,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.58 - $14.58  
   
Overtime
$12.25 - $21.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $599  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $1,452  
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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$18,138 - $31,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,107
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Job Description for Veterinary Assistant

The veterinary assistant primarily assists veterinarians in a practice with animal care. Often, it involves working side by side with the veterinarian to administer vaccinations, draw blood for testing, or otherwise generally assist in examinations and care. In certain situations, they are called upon to assist the veterinarian in surgical procedures as well.

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Veterinary 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Veterinary Assistants sometimes become Veterinarians, where the average income is $70K per year. It is quite typical for Veterinary Assistants to transition into roles as Veterinary Technicians or Veterinary Technologists, where reported median earnings are $5K and $5K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Inventory Management, Phlebotomy, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like animal restraint, Medicine / Surgery, and Restraint. Most people skilled in Anesthesia are similarly competent in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $22K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Veterinary Assistants make a median salary of $28K. Veterinary Assistants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Veterinary Assistants will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Veterinary Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+21 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Portland and 9 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Veterinary Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Veterinary Assistant?

Veterinary Assistant in Wichita Falls:
Pros: Improving the lives of animals. I worked on the other side of the pet industry, selling them. Now I can make it right.
Cons: The office manager has no interest in the welfare of the employees or the animals. Weekly conflicts with the vets, employees & sometimes with clients.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Assistant Salaries




National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Assistant Salaries

Inventory Management
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Surgery
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Customer Service
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National Average
$23,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Restraint
up arrow 4%

Animal Care
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 9%

animal restraint
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 57%
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