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Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.59 per hour. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the individual firm are driving factors as well. About two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and nearly one in three claim dental coverage as well. 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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$23,945 - $47,859
(Median)
$24K
$31K
$48K
MEDIAN: $31,085
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$10.57 - $18.44
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,945 - $47,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $982  
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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$22,532 - $39,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $18.44  
   
Overtime
$15.19 - $27.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $982  
   
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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$22,532 - $39,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 688

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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 transition into an upper level Veterinary Technician position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Veterinary Technician makes $29K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $26K to just $33K — but Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $29K.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service. The majority of those 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $32K. Certified Veterinary Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $38K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Certified Veterinary Technicians will find that Sarasota offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+11 percent), Colorado Springs (+8 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and St. Paul (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tucson. Workers in Denver and Appleton earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 5 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
up arrow 14%

Surgery
up arrow 9%

Radiology
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 39%
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