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How much do veterinary assistants make? 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that veterinary assistants earn an annual income of $29,930 or $14.39 per hour. The lowest 10 percent of veterinary assistants earned less than $21,570 each year, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $41,080 each year.

A chart showing the average veterinary assistant salary in the United States.

Do Veterinary Assistants Get Paid Well? 

Veterinary assistants make less than other health care professionals, but they also need far less schooling. According to the BLS, veterinary assistants typically need only a high school education to enter the profession. The National Center for Education Statistics reports the average  salaries  for workers with less than a high school diploma and those with a high school diploma were $29,300 and $35,000 respectively. Bearing this in mind, veterinary assistants make 2.15% more than workers without high school diplomas and 14.49% less than those who do. 

How Many Veterinary Assistants Are There In The United States? 

There are currently 98,810 veterinary assistants in the United States, according to the BLS. The cities that employ the most veterinary assistants are Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. 

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How Much Do Veterinary Assistants Earn In Each State?

The table below compares veterinary assistant salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of veterinary assistants in each state as well as the number of veterinary assistants per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have employment statistics. 

Veterinary Assistant Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
Maine
$38,750
800
1.399
Massachusetts
$38,240
1470
0.439
District of Columbia
$37,090
70
0.107
Maryland
$35,150
1690
0.670
California
$34,200
13040
0.794
Hawaii
$33,600
420
0.736
Oregon
$33,290
2430
1.345
Alaska
$33,220
140
0.468
New York
$33,060
4810
0.553
Washington
$32,760
3740
1.170
Arizona
$31,870
2550
0.901
Vermont
$31,810
80
0.279
New Jersey
$31,290
1650
0.436
Minnesota
$31,250
980
0.363
Connecticut
$31,060
1230
0.800
Missouri
$30,780
1700
0.633
Illinois
$30,280
2790
0.496
Colorado
$29,900
1800
0.697
New Hampshire
$29,770
460
0.743
Wyoming
$29,730
190
0.715
Iowa
$29,640
770
0.521
Pennsylvania
$29,160
2810
0.510
South Carolina
$29,110
1420
0.705
Indiana
$29,060
2310
0.791
North Carolina
$29,050
4130
0.962
Florida
$28,800
5190
0.615
Wisconsin
$28,800
1670
0.617
Nebraska
$28,640
800
0.847
Virginia
$28,420
4140
1.118
Arkansas
$28,290
950
0.809
Delaware
$28,110
190
0.443
Nevada
$27,880
1610
1.286
Montana
$27,800
510
1.115
Michigan
$27,630
3330
0.848
Oklahoma
$27,520
1660
1.062
Ohio
$27,290
4090
0.796
Georgia
$26,760
2000
0.464
Kentucky
$26,760
1750
0.981
Idaho
$26,580
570
0.797
New Mexico
$26,480
580
0.739
Louisiana
$25,840
1860
1.031
Texas
$25,710
6950
0.575
South Dakota
$25,380
140
0.351
North Dakota
$25,210
130
0.322
Tennessee
$25,100
2850
0.983
Utah
$25,070
460
0.309
Kansas
$24,960
1040
0.782
Mississippi
$24,870
730
0.676
West Virginia
$24,200
540
0.827
Alabama
$23,690
1390
0.730
Puerto Rico
$19,100
490
0.598