Veterinary Assistant Salary

Earnings for Veterinary Assistants in the United States come in at around $10.83 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. The vast majority of Veterinary Assistants (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a fifth collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,243 - $47,735

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$8.61 - $14.65

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,243 - $47,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $603  
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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$18,169 - $31,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.61 - $14.65  
   
Overtime
$12.22 - $21.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $603  
   
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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$18,169 - $31,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,135
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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 it's uncommon, some Veterinary Assistants move into roles as Veterinarians, where pay is an average $70K per year. Veterinary Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Veterinary Technicians or Veterinary Technologists. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Assistant


With a median salary of $24K, VCA Animal Hospital provides Veterinary Assistants with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $31K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Inventory Management, Phlebotomy, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include animal restraint, Medicine / Surgery, and Restraint. 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.


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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


With a pay rate for Veterinary Assistants that is 37 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Veterinary Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+21 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (11 percent lower) and Houston (9 percent lower).

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 21%




Surgery
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
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National Average
$23,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Restraint
up arrow 4%

Animal Care
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 9%

animal restraint
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 56%
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