Salary for Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

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Also known as:  Laboratory Animal Caretaker, Veterinarian Assistant, Veterinarian Helper, Veterinary Attendant helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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.


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

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration
Educational Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Retail Trade
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