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How much do veterinary assistants make? 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that veterinary assistants make a mean annual income of $30,980 as of May 2020, which is approximately $14.89 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.

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
$43,290
800
1.399
Massachusetts
$41,000
1,470
0.439
District of Columbia
$38,890
70
0.107
Connecticut
$36,100
1,230
0.800
California
$35,620
13,040
0.794
Maryland
$35,110
1,690
0.670
New York
$34,100
4,810
0.553
Washington
$33,750
3,740
1.170
Alaska
$33,720
140
0.468
Oregon
$33,700
2,430
1.345
Hawaii
$33,430
420
0.736
New Jersey
$33,290
1,650
0.436
Minnesota
$33,270
980
0.363
Arizona
$32,700
2,550
0.901
Vermont
$32,460
80
0.279
Wyoming
$31,460
190
0.715
Missouri
$31,330
1,700
0.633
Illinois
$31,300
2,790
0.496
Colorado
$31,240
1,800
0.697
Iowa
$30,480
770
0.521
Indiana
$30,090
2,310
0.791
Pennsylvania
$30,010
2,810
0.510
Florida
$29,980
5,190
0.615
North Carolina
$29,920
4,130
0.962
New Hampshire
$29,860
460
0.743
Delaware
$29,590
190
0.443
Wisconsin
$29,150
1,670
0.617
Nebraska
$29,110
800
0.847
Arkansas
$29,040
950
0.809
Virginia
$28,950
4,140
1.118
Michigan
$28,810
3,330
0.848
South Carolina
$28,800
1,420
0.705
Kansas
$28,400
1,040
0.782
Nevada
$28,400
1,610
1.286
Georgia
$28,240
2,000
0.464
New Mexico
$28,240
580
0.739
Ohio
$28,080
4,090
0.796
Kentucky
$27,880
1,750
0.981
Idaho
$27,730
570
0.797
Montana
$27,510
510
1.115
Mississippi
$27,480
730
0.676
Oklahoma
$27,430
1,660
1.062
South Dakota
$27,140
140
0.351
Texas
$26,970
6,950
0.575
North Dakota
$26,740
130
0.322
Louisiana
$26,670
1,860
1.031
Tennessee
$26,480
2,850
0.983
Utah
$25,930
460
0.309
West Virginia
$25,360
540
0.827
Alabama
$25,000
1,390
0.730
Puerto Rico
$20,600
490
0.598