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Veterinary Assistant Salary (United States)

Veterinary Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $10.54 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.38 per hour on the lower side but can approach $14.49 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to more than two-fifths, and close to a fifth earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by women, 90 percent of Veterinary Assistants are female. Work is enjoyable for Veterinary Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Veterinary Assistant Salary (?
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$19,355 - $47,166
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47K
MEDIAN: $27,782
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Veterinary Assistant Salary (?
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$8.38 - $14.49
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,355 - $47,166  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $510  
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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$17,727 - $31,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $14.49  
   
Overtime
$12.09 - $21.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $510  
   
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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$17,727 - $31,832  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 708
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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.

Common Career Paths for Veterinary Assistant

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Though some Veterinary Assistants move into positions like Veterinarian (where the average salary is $69K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for a Veterinary Assistant is to become a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinary Technologist. The former position pays an additional $6K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

Veterinary Assistant Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Assistant

Survey respondents mentioned only two employers, and they happen to offer very similar levels of compensation. The median at VCA Animal Hospital is about $23K, and the median at Banfield, The Pet Hospital is around $23K. Also approaching the lower end is VCA Animal Hospital.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant

Survey results imply that Veterinary Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Radiology, Anesthesia, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medicine / Surgery and animal restraint. Most people familiar with Anesthesia also know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Veterinary Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $25K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Veterinary Assistants make $28K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $29K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a fair portion of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a tenth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Seattle
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Raleigh
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Colorado Springs
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San Diego
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National Average
$23,000
Tacoma
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Richmond
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Indianapolis
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Houston
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Chicago
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For Veterinary Assistants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Seattle, Raleigh, Colorado Springs, and San Diego also offer top salaries for Veterinary Assistants. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 25 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent more, respectively. The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Houston (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Veterinary Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
National Average
$23,000

Skills That Affect Veterinary Assistant Salaries

Radiology
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Surgery
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Customer Service
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$23,000
Animal Care
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animal restraint
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Medicine / Surgery
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 57%