Registered Veterinary Technicians rake in the most money, with average earnings of $16.99 per hour; Licensed Veterinary Technicians come in second with average earnings amounting to around $15.28, while Certified Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Technicians rank near the top as well ($15.00 and $12.42, respectively). Customer Service Representatives at VCA Animal Hospital do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (about $9.61 on average) at the company.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $16.38 per hour) can be spotted in Seattle, Wash.; San Jose, Calif. ($15.70), Tacoma, Wash. (approximately $11.48), and Anchorage, Alaska ($11.00) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in Portland, Ore.; in fact, at $9.50 it is one of the worst-paid cities. Within the company, workers earn the highest pay (an average of around $15.22 per hour) in California.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of about $12.68 per hour. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (50 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $11.02 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Veterinary Technicians have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $17.49 per hour. VCA Animal Hospital compensates Associate of Science (AS), Veterinary Technology-holders the most at $16.72 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Radiology; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $14.68 per hour. A common skill in VCA Animal Hospital's work force is Anesthesia; the larger part of survey participants report using it on the job. Phlebotomy, Client Interaction, and Medicine / Surgery are also desirable skills.
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
A third of employees have paid vacation, and only about 28 percent can take paid time off for illness. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, VCA Animal Hospital provides an optional 401(k) plan, and the larger part of respondents participate. The larger part of employees receive health insurance, and around half of workers get dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are pets/dog at work, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.