Veterinary Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Veterinary Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.96 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but experience level and the specific company are influential factors as well. Two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a fourth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinary Assistants. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,664 - $51,064
(Median)
$18K
$28K
$51K
MEDIAN: $27,805
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90%

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$8.64 - $14.77
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
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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Though it's uncommon, some Veterinary Assistants move into roles as Veterinarians, where pay is an average $70K per year. Typical career progression for a Veterinary Assistant involves becoming a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinary Technologist, roles that pay $6K more and $4K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Assistant


Although the highest salaries can be found at Banfield, The Pet Hospital where median pay is $24K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $20K and $30K.

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 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 pay less than market rate include Cleaning, animal restraint, and Animal Handling. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $26K. Veterinary Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. Veterinary Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $29K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,419

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

For Veterinary Assistants, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Veterinary Assistants will also find cushy salaries in 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tucson (11 percent lower) and Houston (10 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
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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
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Animal Handling
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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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