Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $14.58 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Most Certified Veterinary Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although approximately two in five lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one in three get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,865 - $47,344

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$10.77 - $18.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,865 - $47,344  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $927  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $300.00  
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$22,817 - $39,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $18.39  
   
Overtime
$15.45 - $27.31  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $927  
   
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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$22,817 - $39,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 720
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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.

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Certified Veterinary Technicians' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Veterinary Technician. Median pay for Veterinary Technicians is $29K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Although VCA Animal Hospital boasts the highest average salary in town at $32K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $22K or as much as $47K.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Dentistry, Surgery, Radiology, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Veterinary Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $32K. Certified Veterinary Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $34K. 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 $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Certified Veterinary Technicians that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Sarasota offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+9 percent), Colorado Springs (+8 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Phoenix (+5 percent). In Tucson, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Appleton (9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, 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 8%

Radiology
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

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
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 39%
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