Veterinary Assistant Salary

Average Veterinary Assistants in the United States make around $10.80 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Veterinary Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly two in five enjoy medical while around one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-seventh. The vast majority of Veterinary Assistants (90 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,381 - $47,106
(Median)
$19K
$28K
$47K
MEDIAN: $27,502
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$8.55 - $14.60
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,381 - $47,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $610  
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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$18,073 - $31,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.55 - $14.60  
   
Overtime
$12.24 - $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 - $610  
   
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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$18,073 - $31,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,090
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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 do not often transition into Veterinarian roles. The role averages $70K per year. It is quite typical for Veterinary Assistants to transition into roles as Veterinary Technicians or Veterinary Technologists, where reported median earnings are $5K and $5K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know Inventory Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Phlebotomy and Anesthesia are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 7 percent and 22 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include animal restraint, Medicine / Surgery, and Restraint. The majority of those who know Anesthesia also know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant

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


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 $25K. For Veterinary Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location


For Veterinary Assistants, New York provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Veterinary Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+21 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Portland and 9 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 22%



Radiology
up arrow 4%

Surgery
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

National Average
$23,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Animal Care
up arrow 3%

Restraint
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 9%

animal restraint
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 57%
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