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Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.44 per hour for pay. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and nearly one in three earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,996 - $45,615
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MEDIAN: $31,589
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$23,996 - $45,615  
   
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$0.00 - $991  
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$22,364 - $40,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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$10.38 - $18.41  
   
Overtime
$15.06 - $27.67  
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$0.00 - $991  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,364 - $40,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 650
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Job Description for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

A certified veterinarian technician assists in the caring for animal patients. They have a wide range of duties, from keeping medical records to giving shots and medication, and generally work with veterinarians [and occasionally scientists] similarly to how nurses work with doctors. They generally work in private practices, 24-hour pet hospitals, animal shelters, and laboratories, but may also work in zoos, racetracks, boarding kennels, or rescue agencies.

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Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Tasks

  • Assist with procedures and examinations.
  • Provide paperwork and summaries to owners and veterinaries.
  • Administer vaccines and medications, dress wounds, and perform dental cleanings.
  • Interact with owners and animals to collect and convey information.
  • Perform imaging and diagnostic tests and interpret results.

Common Career Paths for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


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Many Certified Veterinary Technicians move into a Veterinary Technician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Veterinary Technicians on average bring in a similar salary to Certified Veterinary Technicians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the least pay with a median salary of $29K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $33K.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Survey results show that Certified Veterinary Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Dentistry, Surgery, Radiology, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. The majority of those who know Anesthesia also know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Certified Veterinary Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $31K. For Certified Veterinary Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $34K. Certified Veterinary Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $37K.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Reviews

What is it like working as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)?

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in Flora:
"The Good, The Bad, The Ugly."
Pros: Meeting the pets, surgery, the clients, saving lives is awesome!
Cons: Pay is horrible. People treat you like dirt. No benefits. Corporation runs you into the ground. Management doesn't care.

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Experience Affects Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Dentistry
up arrow 14%

Surgery
up arrow 8%

Radiology
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
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National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 39%