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 and Laboratory Animal Caretaker earns salaries somewhere between $21,570 to $41,080 based on the level of education. will normally get an average pay level of thirty thousand nine hundred and eigthy dollars on an annual basis.

can receive the best pay in Maine, where they get an average salary rate of near $43,290. Employees who work in this career are compensated highest in Management of Companies and Enterprises, which has wages of $48,680.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 56.87 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
$48,680
Public Administration
$40,110
Educational Services
$39,670
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$38,280
Health Care and Social Assistance
$37,430
Retail Trade
$37,090

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
$30,470
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$30,510
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$35,780
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,170
Manufacturing
$36,840
Retail Trade
$37,090