Bringing in the most money are Registered Veterinary Technicians — their earnings average $16.99 per hour. Licensed Veterinary Technicians are a close second at $15.28 along with Certified Veterinary Technicians (approximately $15.00) and Veterinary Technicians (around $12.42). Earning only $9.61 on average, Customer Service Representatives make less than most people in the company.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $16.38 per hour) can be spotted in Seattle, Wash.; San Jose, Calif. (approximately $15.70), Tacoma, Wash. ($11.48), and Anchorage, Alaska (around $11.00) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Portland, Ore. — at $9.50, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, the highest pay levels are found in California, where the average VCA Animal Hospital employee makes $15.22 per hour.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make about $12.68 per hour on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (50 percent) have been working for one to four years and make approximately $11.02 per hour on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Veterinary Technicians are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $17.49 per hour. VCA Animal Hospital provides the highest financial reward to those with an Associate of Science (AS), Veterinary Technology — these employees rake in $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 greater part of survey participants report using it on the job. Employees also tend to know Phlebotomy, Client Interaction, and Medicine / Surgery.
Women make up the majority of employees who completed the questionnaire for a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
The benefits packages at VCA Animal Hospital can sometimes lack paid time off; a third of respondents get paid vacation days, and 28 percent receive paid sick leave. VCA Animal Hospital sponsors a 401(k) program, and a majority of survey participants use this option to save for their retirement. Health insurance is part of the package for a majority of respondents, and for about one-half of workers, dental coverage is too. Some other perks are pets/dog at work, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.