The highest average salaries go to Registered Veterinary Technicians, who bring in close to about $16.99 per hour, though Licensed Veterinary Technicians are not far behind at $16.55 along with Certified Veterinary Technicians (approximately $15.00) and Veterinary Technicians ($12.41). Receptionists are among the lowest paid at a median salary of around $9.72.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($15.70 per hour) can be spotted in San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif. (about $12.00), Anchorage, Alaska ($11.00), and Corpus Christi, Texas ($11.00) are the next top-paying cities. At around $9.50, Portland, Ore. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in California, where pay average out at $14.98 per hour.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $12.15 per hour. The greater proportion of employees (49 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $10.95 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $18.00 per hour for Certified Veterinary Technicians, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. VCA Animal Hospital provides the highest financial reward to those with an Associate of Science (AS), Veterinary Technology — these employees rake in $16.72 per hour.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Radiology; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $14.86 per hour. A garden variety skill at VCA Animal Hospital is Anesthesia; the greater part of VCA Animal Hospital's people use it regularly. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Medicine / Surgery, Phlebotomy, and Client Interaction.
The number of female employees who completed the survey outweighs the number of men; the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
VCA Animal Hospital lets only one in three respondents take paid vacation and only one in four employees take sick leave. To plan for old age, a little over a half of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. A majority of survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for just over two-fifths of workers also include dental insurance. VCA Animal Hospital folks also make good use of pets/dog at work, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and company store discount.