The Average Salary of a Kennel Assistant

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Most kennel assistant salaries are below the national average salary for all jobs, but kennel assistant pay depends on your location. Caring for animals as a kennel assistant in shelters, veterinary clinics and animal boarding places may also serve as a starting point to decide if you want to advance your education and career to become a veterinary technician or veterinarian.

What You Can Earn

  • Kennel assistants tend to have modest earnings. According to Indeed, the average kennel assistant in the United States earns $18,000 per year, as of February 2015. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes kennel assistants with non-farm-animal caretakers with an average salary of $22,510 in 2013. The lowest-paid 10 percent of animal caretakers earned under $16,580 per year, and the highest-paid earned upward of $32,660 in 2013.

Salary by Location

  • The average salary for kennel assistants varies depending on where you live. According to Indeed, the typical kennel assistant job in New York City pays $25,000 per year, whereas the average kennel assistant position in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is $15,000, as of February 2015. Similarly, in 2013, the average pay for non-farm-animal caretakers ranged from $19,010 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to $37,620 in Ames, Iowa, according to the BLS.

Job Outlook and Advancement Opportunities

  • Kennel assistants can expect to experience ample employment opportunities. According to the BLS, the animal care field is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is a bit faster than the 11 percent average for all jobs. While kennel assistants generally don't need a specific degree, going on to an associate degree can provide training to become a veterinary technician. Vet techs had an average salary of $31,760, according to the BLS in 2013. Veterinarians have doctor of veterinary medicine degrees. They had an average salary of $96,140 in 2013, reports the BLS.

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