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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.
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.