I have a guaranteed job getting out and the start pay is $21 per hr. I live in NY, so it might be different some where else. I also am going to school for a bachelor, not associate. The more training and schooling you have, the more pay you can ask for.
I disagree with Justsam, I love going to school for it and I have fun everyday. If you have a passion for animals, then you shouldn't care about how much you make. There is the sad days of course, but all in all it's wonderful.
Barnprincess, It's 4 years for prevet and if your lucky you will get into a DVM program, it can sometimes take a person 6-7 years to even get accepted into the program. Then once in, it takes another 4 years, if you make it though the tough course. That is what I'm trying to go for, large animal veterinarian.