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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