How Much Does A Veterinary Assistant Make?

Veterinary assistants help care for animals left to the care of a veterinarian. Under the supervision of the veterinarian, a veterinary assistant provides first aid treatment to animals, administer medications and monitor the animal’s condition after an operation.

Aside from their love for animals, many become veterinary assistants because of the minimum educational requirements and the opportunity to make a living wage.

Average Veterinary Assistant Annual Salary

$26,810

The average annual salary for veterinary assistants is $26,810 a year. Salaries start at $18,540 a year and go up to $37,810 a year.

Average Veterinary Assistant Hourly Wage

$12.89

The average hourly wage for a veterinary assistant is $12.89. Hourly wages were between $8.91 and $18.18 an hour.

Stats were based out of 79,990 employed veterinary assistants in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Veterinary Assistant

$37,810/year $18.18/hour

(Top 10% of Veterinary Assistants)


Senior Veterinary Assistant

$30,460/year $14.64/hour

(Top 25% of Veterinary Assistants)


Mid Level Veterinary Assistant

$25,250/year $12.14/hour

(Median)


Junior Veterinary Assistant

$21,170/year $10.18/hour

(Bottom 25% of Veterinary Assistants)


Entry Level Veterinary Assistant

$18,540/year $8.91/hour

(Bottom 10% of Veterinary Assistants)


Veterinary Assistant Average Salary Comparison

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$44k / year
$21 / hour
Dental Assistants
$37k / year
$18 / hour
Medical Transcriptionists
$37k / year
$17 / hour
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
$37k / year
$18 / hour
Medical Equipment Preparers
$35k / year
$17 / hour
Phlebotomists
$33k / year
$16 / hour
Medical Assistants
$32k / year
$15 / hour
Pharmacy Aides
$28k / year
$13 / hour
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
$26k / year
$12 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Veterinary Assistants

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Veterinary Assistants

Veterinary Assistant Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Connecticut $17.42 $36,240
#2 Massachusetts $16.78 $34,900
#3 Maine $15.84 $32,950
#4 New Jersey $15.26 $31,750
#5 Rhode Island $15.13 $31,460
#6 Alaska $14.77 $30,730
#7 Minnesota $14.44 $30,030
#8 California $14.41 $29,970
#9 New York $14.21 $29,550
#10 Washington $14.10 $29,320
#11 North Dakota $14.07 $29,270
#12 Hawaii $13.90 $28,910
#13 Oregon $13.87 $28,850
#14 Wyoming $13.79 $28,680
#15 District of Columbia $13.60 $28,290
#16 Maryland $13.20 $27,450
#17 Illinois $13.12 $27,280
#18 Montana $12.94 $26,910
#19 Vermont $12.93 $26,890
#20 Delaware $12.77 $26,570
#21 Colorado $12.74 $26,510
#22 Arizona $12.70 $26,410
#23 Virginia $12.70 $26,420
#24 Iowa $12.68 $26,380
#25 South Dakota $12.63 $26,280
#26 North Carolina $12.62 $26,250
#27 Pennsylvania $12.57 $26,140
#28 New Mexico $12.56 $26,120
#29 Indiana $12.53 $26,060
#30 New Hampshire $12.32 $25,630
#31 Michigan $12.28 $25,550
#32 Idaho $12.24 $25,450
#33 Nevada $12.18 $25,330
#34 Kansas $12.16 $25,280
#35 Florida $12.15 $25,280
#36 Wisconsin $12.10 $25,180
#37 Nebraska $12.08 $25,130
#38 Ohio $11.81 $24,570
#39 Georgia $11.73 $24,400
#40 Missouri $11.70 $24,350
#41 South Carolina $11.63 $24,180
#42 Tennessee $11.51 $23,950
#43 Oklahoma $11.48 $23,870
#44 Texas $11.47 $23,860
#45 Louisiana $11.31 $23,520
#46 Kentucky $11.19 $23,270
#47 Alabama $11.11 $23,100
#48 West Virginia $11.08 $23,040
#49 Mississippi $10.94 $22,760
#50 Arkansas $10.54 $21,920
#51 Utah $10.25 $21,320
#52 Puerto Rico $9.20 $19,130

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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