Veterinary assistant earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Veterinary assistant salary by state

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

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 about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than personal care aides but more than kennel technicians.

Career Median Salary
Personal care aide salary $26K
Farmer salary $23K
Equestrian salary $22K
Animal caretaker salary $23K
Veterinary assistant salary $22K
Home health aide salary $22K
Kennel technician salary $19K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)