Salary for Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Also known as:  Laboratory Animal Caretaker, Veterinarian Assistant, Veterinarian Helper, Veterinary Attendant

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Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers take care of the basic needs of animals in care or laboratory facilities. Their duties may involve cleaning cages, feeding, watering, and bathing animals, and/or examining animals for signs of illness or disease. They may hold animals during veterinary procedures, and administer anesthetics or medications under the direction of veterinarians. These individuals may also help with tasks such as cleaning and sterilizing equipment or taking diagnostic images. Although the majority of individuals in this position have high school diplomas or postsecondary education, a high school diploma is not required for this profession.

A Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker will usually earn a pay level on a scale from 16000 to 24000 based on levels of tenure. Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers will normally get a pay level of Twenty Three Thousand Four Hundred dollars annually.

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers are compensated highest in the District of Columbia, where they get an average salary rate of about $38710. People working these jobs are paid most highly in Educational Services, where they can get average pay of $40550.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 18.84 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $40,550
Educational Services $31,460
Public Administration $31,240
Health Care and Social Assistance $30,530
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $24,990
Other Services (except Public Administration) $24,250
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $22,910
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $23,280
Other Services (except Public Administration) $24,250
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $24,990
Health Care and Social Assistance $30,530
Public Administration $31,240
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