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.