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Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salary (United States)

Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.66 per hour. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while just under one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-fifth. The vast majority (85 percent) of Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers are female. Most Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretakers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salary (?
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$20,168 - $48,832
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,572
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Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salary (?
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$8.19 - $15.07
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,168 - $48,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $804  
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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$17,274 - $35,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.19 - $15.07  
   
Overtime
$12.44 - $25.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $804  
   
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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$17,274 - $35,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 654
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Job Description for Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker

A veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker works to process animals from initial reception, through exams and procedures, and to discharge. It is also his or her job to maintain medical inventory, stocks, and supplies, as well as clean animal rooms, cages, and kennels as needed. The veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker must be able to restrain animals and assist with exams, treatments, anesthetics, and sometimes surgery. A veterinary assistant will work closely with the lead veterinarian in order to provide the best possible care and service to animals and their owners. As such, he or she must be capable of interacting in a professional manner with the patients' owners as well as provide the necessary attention and care to the patient.
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Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Tasks
  • Restrain animals and assist with exams, treatment, anesthetic, and surgeries.
  • Maintain medical inventory, stocks, supplies and clean rooms, cages and kennels.
  • Process animals from initial reception, through exams or procedures to discharge.
  • Provide first aid and rapid diagnosis in emergency situations.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%
Mid-Career
up arrow 10%
National Average
$23,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 55%