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 $14.62 per hour for pay. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career length and the specific company. Most Certified Veterinary Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,010 - $47,344
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$24K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $30,859
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$10.73 - $18.45
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$11
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$18
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,010 - $47,344  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $300.00  
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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$22,765 - $39,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.73 - $18.45  
   
Overtime
$15.43 - $27.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $300.00  
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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$22,765 - $39,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 707
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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 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 $25K to $33K.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Survey results suggest that Certified Veterinary Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. Most people 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. Certified Veterinary Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $34K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Certified Veterinary Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Certified Veterinary Technicians will find that Sarasota offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Certified Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+9 percent), Colorado Springs (+8 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Phoenix (+5 percent). Tucson is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Workers in Denver and Appleton earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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

Dentistry
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Surgery
up arrow 9%

Radiology
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Anesthesia
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Phlebotomy
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National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 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
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 38%
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