Average Hourly Rate for VCA Animal Hospital Employees

VCA Animal Hospital offers employees an average of $12.20 per hour, and overtime earnings push that number up to $17.25. Though where you live and how long you've been working are influential salary factors for those at VCA Animal Hospital, your job title turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Employer: VCA Animal Hospital
Hourly Rate Range by Job
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[-]Veterinary Technician (21)
$10.00 - $15.92  
[-]Veterinary Technician (21)
Hourly Rate$10.00 - $15.92  
[+]Veterinary Assistant (10)
$9.06 - $14.90  
[+]Veterinary Assistant (10)
Hourly Rate$9.06 - $14.90  
[+]Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) (9)
$10.81 - $21.86  
[+]Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) (9)
Hourly Rate$10.81 - $21.86  
[+]Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) (5)
$10.07 - $20.93  
[+]Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) (5)
Hourly Rate$10.07 - $20.93  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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.

Key Stats for VCA Animal Hospital


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