Veterinary Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Veterinary Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.96 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly two in five enjoy medical while just under one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-seventh. Most Veterinary Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,664 - $51,064
(Median)
$18K
$28K
$51K
MEDIAN: $27,805
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$8.64 - $14.77
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$17,664 - $51,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $751  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$18,179 - $32,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.64 - $14.77  
   
Overtime
$12.34 - $22.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $751  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$18,179 - $32,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,521
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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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Veterinary Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Veterinarians. That role pays $70K per year on average. 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 $4K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Assistant


Although Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the highest salaries (median pay is $24K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $20K to $30K.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant


Survey results imply that Veterinary Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Lucky workers who know Inventory Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Phlebotomy and Radiology are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 7 percent and 25 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cleaning, animal restraint, and Animal Handling. 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 Veterinary Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $26K. Veterinary Assistants bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $29K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,419

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Veterinary Assistants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Veterinary Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+29 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), and Las Vegas (+17 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Portland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tucson (11 percent less) and Houston (10 percent less).

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
up arrow 25%




Surgery
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Customer Service
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Client Interaction
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National Average
$23,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Restraint
up arrow 4%

Animal Care
up arrow 5%

Animal Handling
up arrow 10%

animal restraint
up arrow 11%

Cleaning
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 243 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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