When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($22.99 per hour) can be spotted in Austin, Texas; Weymouth, Mass. ($15.93), Portland, Ore. ($14.22), and San Jose, Calif. (around $12.00) are the next top-paying cities. San Antonio, Texas is near the bottom for pay at approximately $10.17. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Massachusetts, where the average salary is about $15.24 per hour.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $19.49 per hour; Registered Veterinary Technicians come in second with average earnings amounting to approximately $18.02, while Certified Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Technicians rank near the top as well ($15.07 and $14.71, respectively). With salaries averaging $11.03, Receptionists are among the lowest paid at VCA Animal Hospital.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $13.73 per hour. Overall, the greater share of VCA Animal Hospital folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average around $12.17 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Veterinary Technicians receive bigger paychecks (about $18.76 per hour) than those without credentials. It pays to have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) at VCA Animal Hospital — these employees make the most at approximately $15.66 per hour.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Critical Care; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $15.40 per hour. It's pretty common to find people here who know Anesthesia; just over two-fifths consider it a key competency. Many workers are also familiar with Customer Service, Radiology, and Client Interaction.
With a more than 3 to 1 female-to-male ratio, women represent the better half of VCA Animal Hospital's employees who responded to the survey.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at VCA Animal Hospital; the company rewards only 18 percent with paid vacation time and only one in ten survey participants with sick leave. Around half save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A majority of employees report having health insurance, and a majority of respondents report having dental coverage. Perks also include pets/dog at work, tuition reimbursement, company store discount, and product discounts/affinity benefits.