$11.69
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$294

Profit Sharing

$395

Commission

$2,400
The larger portion of Veterinary Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $11.55 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by tenure and the specific company. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by just over two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by just under a third. Most Veterinary Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,073 - $59,152
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MEDIAN: $26,753
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$9.13 - $15.24
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$0$59K
Salary $15,073 - $59,152
Bonus $48.48 - $1,236
Profit Sharing $98.39 - $2,447
Commission $2,400
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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$19,062 - $32,982
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 141
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $9.13 - $15.24
Hourly Tips $2.10
Overtime $13.10 - $23.06
Annual Data $0$32K
Bonus $48.48 - $1,236
Commission $2,400
Profit Sharing $98.39 - $2,447
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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$19,062 - $32,982
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,569

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

  • 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.

Veterinary Assistant Pay By Employer

$0$39K

$26,584

$24,249

VCA Antech
29 profiles
$23,819

$25,189

$32,061

$19,081

Common Career Paths for Veterinary Assistant


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While not commonly seen, Veterinary Assistants who transition into a Veterinarian position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Veterinarians is $71K per year. It is quite typical for Veterinary Assistants to transition into roles as Veterinary Technicians or Registered Veterinary Technicians, where reported median earnings are $5K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency/Trauma, venipuncture, Surgery, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cleaning, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Restraint. Most people skilled in Anesthesia are similarly competent in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Veterinary Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinary Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,149 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinary Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 325 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 196 salaries. A Veterinary Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 33 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,774

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

Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Veterinary Assistants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Veterinary Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Louisville (+16 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Virginia Beach (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Veterinary Assistant Reviews

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

Veterinary Assistant in Greenville:
"The job of my dreams."
Pros: There is nothing that I do not like. It is the job of my dreams. I am in love with all animals & have three of my own which are well taken care of. They are my babies.
Cons: Being away from my own dogs.

Veterinary Assistant in Acworth:
Pros: Working with animals and being able to make animals better.
Cons: High stress job were training is not a basic standard in the company. You learn as you go and make more mistakes making the job less enjoyable. Being called into different positions based on how many people are waiting. Then being reprimanded for not doing another job at that time.

Veterinary Assistant in Portland:
Pros: I love being able to work with animals in a setting that challenges me everyday. I am learning something new everyday whether it involves diagnostic care or honing my technical skills in working with animal patients.
Cons: It can get hectic and stressful, especially when we are under-staffed. Clients, by and large don't fully understand or respect our line of work as medical professionals because we work with animals and not humans.

Veterinary Assistant in Wallingford:
"Very labor intensive, long hours but very rewarding."
Pros: Caring for animals, and the people who bring them in.
Cons: Euthanasias are very tough and emotionally draining.

Veterinary Assistant in Fort Dodge:
"Hectic."
Pros: Helping animals.
Cons: Not having enough hours in the day to get everything done.

Veterinary Assistant in Mount Pleasant:
"Must love animals !!"
Pros: Working with animals and learning.
Cons: Pay sucks.

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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Key Stats for Veterinary Assistant

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 446 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Experience Affects Veterinary Assistant Salaries

▲29%

▲16%

▲5%

National Average
$25,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Assistant Salaries

Emergency/Trauma
▲15%

venipuncture
▲9%

Surgery
▲6%

▲5%

▲2%

▲2%



animal restraint
▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Customer Service
▼2%


Triage
▼3%

Restraint
▼4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼8%

Cleaning
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 446 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 55%