Average Hourly Rate for VCA Animal Hospital Employees

Excluding overtime pay (which bumps median pay up to $18.64), people who work for VCA Animal Hospital earn a median wage of $12.94 per hour. Your job title influences pay for VCA Animal Hospital workers the most, followed by where you live and your experience level. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Employer: VCA Animal Hospital
Hourly Rate Range by Job
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National Data (?
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[-]Veterinary Technician (17)
$10.60 - $16.14  
[-]Veterinary Technician (17)
Hourly Rate$10.60 - $16.14  
[+]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)
$10.40 - $21.21  
[+]Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) (7)
Hourly Rate$10.40 - $21.21  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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The highest average salaries go to Licensed Veterinary Technicians, who bring in close to approximately $17.50, though Registered Veterinary Technicians are not far behind at about $16.48 along with Certified Veterinary Technicians ($15.00) and Veterinary Technicians ($13.41). VCA Animal Hospital hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Veterinary Assistants ($10.28).


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $15.72 per hour) can be spotted in Sacramento; Anchorage (about $15.50), Tacoma (around $14.50), and Chicago ($14.25) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($9.50) in Portland, one of the lowest-paid cities. VCA Animal Hospital workers in California earn the most — approximately $14.99 per hour on average.

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $12.23. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (45 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $11.78 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Veterinary Technicians are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $18.00. Becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician can certainly pay off here; those folks make $17.50. VCA Animal Hospital compensates Associate of Science (AS), Veterinary Technology-holders the most at about $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 around $14.96. A relatively widespread skill at VCA Animal Hospital is Anesthesia; over one-half of employees use it for work. Other top skills include Radiology, Medicine / Surgery, and Phlebotomy.


Home to more women than men (VCA Animal Hospital's employee population is more than 3 to 1 female-to-male), most workers here are women.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits packages do tend to lack paid time off; VCA Animal Hospital gives paid vacation days to one in three workers and sick leave to 22 percent. A 401(k) program is available, and a little more than half of workers use it to save for retirement. 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. Other privileges include pets/dog at work, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Key Stats for VCA Animal Hospital


87 %
13 %
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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