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Veterinary Assistant Salary (United States)

An average Veterinary Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.72 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but years of experience and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Around two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in five collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Veterinary Assistants are female. Most Veterinary Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Veterinary Assistant Salary (?
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$18,657 - $46,112
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MEDIAN: $25,992
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Veterinary Assistant Salary (?
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$8.45 - $14.62
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,657 - $46,112  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,226  
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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$17,875 - $31,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.45 - $14.62  
   
Overtime
$12.19 - $21.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,226  
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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$17,875 - $31,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 810
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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 not the most common occurrence, Veterinary Assistants sometimes become Veterinarians, where the average income is $70K per year. Veterinary Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Veterinary Technicians or Veterinary Technologists. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

Veterinary Assistant Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Radiology, Anesthesia, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Medicine / Surgery and animal restraint. Those proficient in Anesthesia are, more often than not, also skilled in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Veterinary Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $25K. Veterinary Assistants see a median salary of $28K after reaching 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.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Raleigh
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Colorado Springs
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San Diego
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Virginia Beach
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National Average
$23,000
Richmond
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Charlotte
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Indianapolis
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Veterinary Assistants, 31 percent higher than the national average. Veterinary Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+23 percent), Las Vegas (+23 percent), Raleigh (+9 percent), and Colorado Springs (+7 percent). Milwaukee is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Indianapolis (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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

Late-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Skills That Affect Veterinary Assistant Salaries

Radiology
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Customer Service
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Surgery
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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 163 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 57%