$27,102
Avg. Salary
$11.84
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$301

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

$2,400

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Veterinary Assistant is $11.84 per hour.

The average pay for a Veterinary Assistant is $27,102 per year.

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$9.21
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$11.84
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$15.42
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MEDIAN $11.84
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$15k
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$27k
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$59k
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MEDIAN $27,102
$14,537 - $59,451
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MEDIAN: $27,102
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$0$59K
Salary $14,537 - $59,451
Bonus $96.81 - $1,454
Profit Sharing $99.67 - $2,909
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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$19,232 - $33,319
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 126
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $9.21 - $15.42
Hourly Tips $2.10
Overtime $13.28 - $23.26
Annual Data $0$33K
Bonus $96.81 - $1,454
Commission $2,400
Profit Sharing $99.67 - $2,909
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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$19,232 - $33,319
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,559

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Assistant


Salary cannot be beat at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, where median pay comes to $26K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $22K, and the higher end is not far away at $31K.

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.

Veterinary Assistant Job Listings

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: $25,010

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 Vancouver:
"Great to learn not to stay."
Pros: The digital records are user friendly and make everything easy to find. The labs are done in house so you get that experience. There is a focus on preventive care and wellness plans to encourage compliance.
Cons: Long hours, miss lunches and breaks often. Open seven days a week, so you work weekends and hollidays. The staff is not properly trained and often do not have medical backgrounds. This puts the burden on the DVM to baby-sit the staff. There is a huge focus on sales and less on quality medicine.

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

Veterinary Assistant in Madison:
"Great atmosphere."
Pros: Everyone is willing to Always help each other out.
Cons: There is nothing least to say.

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.

Veterinary Assistant in Longview:
When thinking about a job in the veterinary industry many people imagine playing with puppies and kittens all day and this is farthest from that. Sure, my job is rewarding in its own way but it takes a special type of person to do this job. The job requires a lot of physical work and can be physically/emotionally exhausting. You must have a strong stomach and are not get easily grossed out. This job is not glamorous by all means for example you have to pick up poop a lot, you get peed on a lot, and you get gross nasty debris (abscess, anal glands, etc.) on you or in your hair A LOT. If you are wanting a job with a large paycheck this job is not for you. You must be able to work well with others and have excellent customer service. I would advise anyone thinking about pursuing this career to interview a local vet tech or assistant in their area about the pros and cons of their job or job shadow would also give you somewhat of a feel of the daily tasks of this job.

Veterinary Assistant in Woodland Hills:
"Don't Believe Everything You Hear, Depend On Yourself."
Expect to work hard and prove to others what you can do on a daily basis. You have to work from the bottom up and it may seem like forever before you get to where you want to be.

Veterinary Assistant in Morristown:
"Don't Believe The Harder You Work, The Better You'll Be Compensated."
Work honestly and earnestly, but put your family and home first, not your job. Be outgoing and try to have empathy, but not sympathy. Never compromise your personal health to try to gain value.

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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 464 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

▲27%

▲15%

▲4%

National Average
$25,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Assistant Salaries

Emergency/Trauma
▲14%

venipuncture
▲8%

Surgery
▲5%

▲4%

▲1%

▲1%



National Average
$25,000

animal restraint
▼1%

Customer Service
▼3%


Triage
▼4%

Restraint
▼5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼9%

Cleaning
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 464 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: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 54%