Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

The larger portion of Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $15.17 per hour. Total cash compensation to Certified Veterinary Technicians bottoms out near $25K and approaches $43K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $2K from profit sharing. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but over one-half have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. Most Certified Veterinary Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,745 - $45,322
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MEDIAN: $33,971
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,745 - $45,322  
   
Bonus
$100.81 - $2,942  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $2,020  
Commission
$180.00  
Total Pay (?
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$24,692 - $42,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.82 - $19.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.94 - $29.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$100.81 - $2,942  
   
Commission
$180.00  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $2,020  
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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$24,692 - $42,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 839

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


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As Certified Veterinary Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Practice Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Practice Managers earn $54K on average per year. A Veterinary Technician role is the most common promotion for Certified Veterinary Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $29K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Certified Veterinary Technicians is a Veterinary Practice Manager position, where earnings are usually $43K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians flock to Vca, Antech, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $38K lead the pack in compensation.

Salaries are easily beat at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, where median pay comes to just $29K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $23K and ending at $36K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Emergency/Trauma, Intensive Care Unit, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Dentistry, Client Interaction, and Medicine / Surgery. For most people, competency in Anesthesia indicates knowledge of Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 451 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 240 salaries. An experienced Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 223 salaries. A Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,149

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Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Certified Veterinary Technicians in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+29 percent), Sarasota (+19 percent), Milwaukee (+11 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). In St. Cloud, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Colorado Springs and Tucson are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 6 percent less than the median.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

▲18%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$32,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Oncology
▲19%

Emergency/Trauma
▲16%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲13%

Inventory Management
▲11%



▲2%


▲1%

▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$32,000

Medicine / Surgery
▼6%

▼10%

Client Interaction
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 44%
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