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 $14.65 per hour for pay. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and approximately one in three receive dental plans. Most Certified Veterinary Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,860 - $43,655
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MEDIAN: $30,795
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$10.82 - $18.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$23,860 - $43,655  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
Profit Sharing
$305.21  
Total Pay (?
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$23,011 - $40,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.82 - $18.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.42 - $28.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
   
Profit Sharing
$305.21  
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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$23,011 - $40,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 865
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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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For Certified Veterinary Technicians, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Certified Veterinary Technicians earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Veterinary Technician.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Although VCA Animal Hospital leads the field in pay with a median salary of $33K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $22K on the low end all the way up to $40K at the top.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Dentistry, Emergency Room, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Most people familiar with 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.


For Certified Veterinary Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $32K. Certified Veterinary Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $39K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,965

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For Certified Veterinary Technicians, busy Sarasota offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Certified Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+9 percent), Boston (+7 percent), Colorado Springs (+5 percent), and Portland (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Tucson and 7 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
$31,000


Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 11%

Dentistry
up arrow 7%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 5%

Surgery
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Anesthesia
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Radiology
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Phlebotomy
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National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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