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Average Hourly Rate for VCA Animal Hospital Employees

The average pay for VCA Animal Hospital employees is $12.95 per hour — without the $19.46 from overtime earnings. Your role at the company influences pay for VCA Animal Hospital workers the most, followed by your city and your experience level. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

VCA Animal Hospital typically pays:
below market

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Employer: VCA Animal Hospital
Hourly Rate Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
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[-]Veterinary Technician (18)
$10.68 - $16.09  
[-]Veterinary Technician (18)
Hourly Rate$10.68 - $16.09  
[+]Veterinary Assistant (11)
$9.11 - $14.79  
[+]Veterinary Assistant (11)
Hourly Rate$9.11 - $14.79  
[+]Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) (10)
$11.07 - $20.27  
[+]Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) (10)
Hourly Rate$11.07 - $20.27  
[+]Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) (7)
$9.83 - $19.32  
[+]Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) (7)
Hourly Rate$9.83 - $19.32  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 8 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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Bringing in the most money are Licensed Veterinary Technicians — their earnings average $17.50. Registered Veterinary Technicians are a close second at about $16.48 along with Veterinary Technicians ($13.55) and Certified Veterinary Technicians ($13.52). Receptionists are among the lowest paid at around $8.95.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $15.72 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento; Dallas ($15.00), Tacoma (around $14.50), and Chicago (approximately $14.25) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Portland at $9.50. By state, the highest pay levels are found in California, where the average VCA Animal Hospital employee makes $14.83 per hour.

Years of Experience

A tenure of five to ten years results in average pay of about $12.23. Broadly speaking, the largest slice of the VCA Animal Hospital workforce (47 percent) has a tenure of one to four years and earns $11.94 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Licensed Veterinary Technicians receive bigger paychecks ($17.50) than those without credentials. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Registered Veterinary Technician s with credentials; these people typically earn approximately $15.45 per hour. It pays to have an Associate of Science (AS), Veterinary Technology at VCA Animal Hospital — these employees make the most at around $16.72 per hour.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Surgery; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $14.96. It's pretty common to find people here who know Anesthesia; more than half consider it a key competency. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Radiology, Phlebotomy, and Medicine / Surgery.


VCA Animal Hospital's employees are more likely to be female — the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 37 percent receiving paid vacation and 23 percent receiving paid sick days. Close to one-half participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health insurance is part of the package for more than half of workers, and for more than two-fifths of workers, dental coverage is too. Additional benefits of working here are pets/dog at work, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and clothing allowance / discounts.

Key Stats

86 %
14 %
Hourly Rate
$10 - $16
Hourly Rate
$12 - $14
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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