Veterinarian Assistant Salary

Veterinarian Assistants in the United States take home approximately $11.53 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinarian Assistants. Women account for the majority of Veterinarian Assistants who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. Nearly two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-fourth collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,793 - $39,335
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$39K
MEDIAN: $25,068
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$8.75 - $16.00
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$0$39K
Salary $19,793 - $39,335
Bonus $294.79
Total Pay (?
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$18,592 - $34,656
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 12
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $8.75 - $16.00
Overtime $11.63 - $24.56
Annual Data $0$34K
Bonus $294.79
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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$18,592 - $34,656
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 102

Job Description for Veterinarian Assistant

A veterinarian assistant helps handle dogs, cats and other animals in a veterinary practice or animal hospital. The assistant typically performs routine examinations and tests for the veterinarian and provides any assistance required when the doctor sees the animal. This can include helping calm, distract or subdue the animal to facilitate an examination and diagnosis. The assistant also typically is the person who monitors animals that are in recovery from surgical procedures in a kennel area, watching their reactions and appetites, assisting with feeding, and performing other important duties.

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Veterinarian Assistant Tasks

  • 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.
  • Inventory equipment and medications to determine ordering needs and availability.
  • Maintain animals, including feeding, cleaning, administering drugs and documenting care.
  • Support examinations by obtaining data and ensuring a safe environment.

Veterinarian Assistant Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Veterinarian Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinarian Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 86 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinarian Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 40 salaries. An experienced Veterinarian Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 20 salaries. A Veterinarian Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 7 salaries.

Veterinarian Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Veterinarian Assistant?

Veterinarian Assistant in Bridgewater:
"Feels like u never work a day in ur life."
Pros: Working with great co workers and being able to help an animal be happy and stay healthy . If those are sick I want to make them better to live a great life , as well have there families happy to still have them as apart of the family no matter what.
Cons: Seeing animals having to leave a family behind due to an animals health issue and being so sick or not being able to hold on anymore .

Veterinarian Assistant in Pakistan:
"It is a good work."
Pros: It is a good work because I love it much.
Cons: It is a little bit bad due to some means of things.

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Key Stats for Veterinarian Assistant

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Veterinarian Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 59%