Women make up the vast majority of Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.10 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,226 - $44,871
(Median)
$23K
$32K
$45K
MEDIAN: $32,138
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$11.63 - $19.18
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$12
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$19
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$23,226 - $44,871  
   
Bonus
$100.50 - $2,534  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Commission
$180.00  
Total Pay (?
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$24,352 - $41,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $19.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.74 - $29.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$100.50 - $2,534  
   
Commission
$180.00  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$24,352 - $41,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 779
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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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Certified Veterinary Technicians who go on to become Practice Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Practice Managers is $54K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians flock to VCA Antech for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $33K lead the pack in compensation; however, VCA Antech also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $24K at one end to $46K at the other end.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $29K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $23K to $32K.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Critical Care, Intensive Care Unit, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Dentistry and Client Interaction. Those educated in Anesthesia tend to be well versed in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,880

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Certified Veterinary Technicians in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+21 percent), Sarasota (+20 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Tucson, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Appleton and Colorado Springs (5 percent lower).

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




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Oncology
up arrow 18%

Critical Care
up arrow 14%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 14%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 11%

Inventory Management
up arrow 11%


Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Surgery
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Dentistry
up arrow 9%

Client Interaction
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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