Veterinary assistant earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Veterinary assistant salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $27,476
Alabama $20,600
Arkansas $23,993
Arizona $23,816
California $29,024
Colorado $29,720
Connecticut $29,790
District of Columbia $27,140
Delaware $25,980
Florida $25,650
Georgia $25,980
Hawaii $29,170
Iowa $28,410
Idaho $25,903
Illinois $23,242
Indiana $23,478
Kansas $25,229
Kentucky $25,380
Louisiana $24,310
Massachusetts $34,860
Maryland $28,420
Maine $32,690
Michigan $26,010
Minnesota $28,760
Missouri $28,110
Mississippi $23,350
Montana $27,000
North Carolina $28,830
North Dakota $25,670
Nebraska $24,640
New Hampshire $26,880
New Jersey $25,570
New Mexico $23,130
Nevada $28,010
New York $30,725
Ohio $25,120
Oklahoma $25,080
Oregon $30,700
Pennsylvania $28,840
Puerto Rico $18,550
Rhode Island $24,170
South Carolina $25,450
South Dakota $23,450
Tennessee $23,800
Texas $25,020
Utah $24,130
Virginia $26,350
Vermont $29,600
Washington $30,260
Wisconsin $25,200
West Virginia $22,400
Wyoming $27,040

How much does a Veterinary Assistant earn?

Veterinary assistants care for animals and perform routine tasks, such as grooming and feeding. Typically, the veterinary assistant position is looked at as a stepping stone to more qualified positions in the sector and most individuals pursue further education to become either veterinary technicians, or veterinarians. If you love animals and like to take care of them, becoming a veterinary assistant is the first step in understanding whether you can handle the responsibility, and whether you want to pursue higher stages of animal care. At the same time, you can obtain a veterinary assistant salary that will help pay for further education and qualifications.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported over 72,000 veterinary assistants working nationwide. These veterinary assistants earned an average annual salary of $24,430, or $11.75 an hour. The top 10 percent could earn $34,970 or more annually, the equivalent of $16.81 an hour, while the bottom 10 percent could earn $16,970 or less, the equivalent of $8.16 an hour.

How do veterinary assistant salaries compare to similar careers?

Veterinary assistants earn 15% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than phlebotomists but more than animal caretakers.

Career Median Salary
Phlebotomist salary $31K
Veterinary technologist salary $30K
Pharmacy technician salary $30K
Medical assistant salary $29K
Medical secretary salary $27K
Veterinary assistant salary $23K
Animal caretaker salary $22K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)