When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($21.50 per hour) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Redding, Calif. (about $19.00), San Jose, Calif. (around $12.00), and Lakewood, Calif. (approximately $11.74) are the next top-paying cities. San Diego, Calif. is near the bottom for pay at $10.13. Across VCA Animal Hospital's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Massachusetts earn the most, taking home $14.83 per hour.
Bringing in the most money are Registered Veterinary Technicians — their earnings average $17.00 per hour. Licensed Veterinary Technicians are a close second at around $15.82 along with Certified Veterinary Technicians (approximately $14.92) and Veterinary Technicians (about $14.01). With salaries averaging $11.00, Customer Service Representatives are among the lowest paid at VCA Animal Hospital.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $13.36 per hour. The largest slice of the VCA Animal Hospital workforce (52 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, approximately $11.85 per hour.
Certifications and Degrees
Registered Veterinary Technicians are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $17.00 per hour. VCA Animal Hospital workers who hold a Certificate (Cert), Veterinary Technology are also well compensated, earning $21.00 on average.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Critical Care; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $14.69 per hour. A common skill in VCA Animal Hospital's work force is Anesthesia; more than two-fifths of survey participants report using it on the job. Many workers usually know Radiology, Client Interaction, and Customer Service as well.
Employees who participated in the survey skew strongly female, with a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just 18 percent. Close to one-half participate in a 401(k) program. For the larger part of survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and a majority of survey participants get dental coverage, too. The company also dishes out perks such as pets/dog at work, tuition reimbursement, company store discount, and product discounts/affinity benefits.