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Veterinary Assistant Salary

Pay for Veterinary Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.76 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. About two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in five collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Veterinary Assistants (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Veterinary Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,274 - $46,280
(Median)
$19K
$27K
$46K
MEDIAN: $27,395
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$8.49 - $14.66
(Median)
$8
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$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,274 - $46,280  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
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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$17,993 - $31,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.49 - $14.66  
   
Overtime
$12.14 - $21.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $596  
   
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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$17,993 - $31,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 934

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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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While Veterinary Assistants do not often become Veterinarians, the job pays $70K per year on average. Veterinary Technicians or Veterinary Technologists are common next-step roles for Veterinary Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Veterinary Technicians is $6K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Veterinary Technologists.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Inventory Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Anesthesia and Radiology are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 8 percent and 22 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medicine / Surgery, animal restraint, and Animal Care. Those educated in Anesthesia tend to be well versed in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $22K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $25K. Veterinary Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $28K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Veterinary Assistants will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Veterinary Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+31 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Tacoma (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee. Workers in Portland and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 10 percent less, 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
up arrow 22%


National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Assistant Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 22%



Radiology
up arrow 8%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Animal Care
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 10%

animal restraint
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
20%
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%