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Veterinary Assistant Salary (United States)

A Veterinary Assistant earns an average wage of $10.54 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Veterinary Assistant Salary (?
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$19,355 - $47,166
(Median)
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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 (?
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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Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 38%
Seattle
up arrow 25%
Raleigh
up arrow 10%
Colorado Springs
up arrow 8%
San Diego
up arrow 5%
National Average
$23,000
Tacoma
up arrow 1%
Richmond
up arrow 2%
Indianapolis
up arrow 4%
Charlotte
up arrow 4%
Houston
up arrow 8%
Chicago
up arrow 8%
Portland
up arrow 10%
Milwaukee
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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
up arrow 5%
Surgery
up arrow 3%
Customer Service
up arrow 1%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%
National Average
$23,000
Animal Care
up arrow 1%
animal restraint
up arrow 8%
Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 12%

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%