Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.14 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, just over a half have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. For the most part, Certified Veterinary Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,257 - $45,181
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$33K
$45K
MEDIAN: $32,938
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$11.75 - $19.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,257 - $45,181  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,819  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Commission
$180.00  
Total Pay (?
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$24,572 - $42,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $19.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.86 - $30.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,819  
   
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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$24,572 - $42,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 783
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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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Certified Veterinary Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Practice Manager. The average Practice Manager brings home $54K per year. Given that the median pay is $29K, it may be surprising to find that a Veterinary Technician is the most common role for Certified Veterinary Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Veterinary Practice Manager role — which pays $43K — is also typical for Certified Veterinary Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Vca, Antech, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $38K.

Pay for Certified Veterinary Technicians is the lowest at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, which has a median salary of $29K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $36K.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Emergency/Trauma, Intensive Care Unit, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Dentistry, Client Interaction, and Medicine / Surgery. Those familiar with Anesthesia also tend to know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median 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 $38K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,036

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

For Certified Veterinary Technicians, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Certified Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+30 percent), Sarasota (+20 percent), Milwaukee (+12 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Cloud, which sits 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Colorado Springs and Tucson (6 percent lower).

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

▲18%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$32,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Oncology
▲19%

Emergency/Trauma
▲17%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲14%

Inventory Management
▲12%



▲3%


▲1%

▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$32,000

Medicine / Surgery
▼5%

Client Interaction
▼9%

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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