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Veterinary Assistant Salary

The average Veterinary Assistant in the United States earns approximately $10.79 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Veterinary Assistants are female. Job satisfaction for Veterinary Assistants is high. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in five collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,302 - $47,485
(Median)
$19K
$28K
$47K
MEDIAN: $27,609
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$8.52 - $14.66
(Median)
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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
$19,302 - $47,485  
   
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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$18,037 - $31,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.52 - $14.66  
   
Overtime
$12.18 - $21.62  
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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$18,037 - $31,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 985

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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 some Veterinary Assistants move into positions like Veterinarian (where the average salary is $70K), this progression is not the norm. Typical career progression for a Veterinary Assistant involves becoming a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinary Technologist, roles that pay $5K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistants will find the worst pay at VCA Animal Hospital, where the median salary crawls in at $24K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $31K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant


Survey results suggest that Veterinary Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Inventory Management, Phlebotomy, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Medicine / Surgery, animal restraint, and Animal Care. It is often found that people who know Anesthesia are also skilled in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $22K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $25K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $28K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Veterinary Assistants, 35 percent higher than the national average. Veterinary Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+30 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Tacoma (+8 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Portland and Houston (10 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
up arrow 21%


National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Assistant Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 22%




Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Animal Care
up arrow 3%

animal restraint
up arrow 10%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 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: 42% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 56%
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