Veterinary Assistant Salary (United States)

Pay for Veterinary Assistants in the United States is typically around $10.54 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.38 per hour on the low end to $14.49 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residency, though years of experience and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; 42 percent get medical and dental insurance, and 14 percent get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction for Veterinary Assistants is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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
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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 (?
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$17,727 - $31,832  
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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  
PayScale
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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Common Career Paths for Veterinary Assistant

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Veterinary Assistants who advance into the role of a Veterinarian—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $47K per year. A typical promotion for Veterinary Assistants is becoming Veterinary Technicians or Veterinary Technicians, where they can expect an extra $5,643 or $5,027 per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Assistant

VCA Animal Hospital offers the best pay with a median salary of $23,137, though salaries there max out at $30K.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 who know Anesthesia also know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Veterinary Assistants can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Beginning workers can expect to earn $21K starting out, which grows to $25K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $28K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Veterinary Assistants who have made it this far report earning around $29K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 11 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

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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Charlotte
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Houston
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Chicago
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Portland
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For those looking to make money, Veterinary Assistants in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Veterinary Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Raleigh (+10 percent), Colorado Springs (+8 percent), and San Diego (+5 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Milwaukee is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (-10 percent) and Houston (-8 percent).

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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
up arrow 8%
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%
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