Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $14.65 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. While some workers in this profession — nearly two in five — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and approximately one-third have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Certified Veterinary Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,860 - $43,655
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MEDIAN: $30,795
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$10.82 - $18.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$23,860 - $43,655  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
Profit Sharing
$305.21  
Total Pay (?
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$23,011 - $40,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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Hourly Rate
$10.82 - $18.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.42 - $28.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $999  
   
Profit Sharing
$305.21  
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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$23,011 - $40,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 865
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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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The biggest paychecks can be found at VCA Animal Hospital — the median salary there is $33K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $22K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $40K.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Dentistry, Emergency Room, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Those proficient in Anesthesia are, more often than not, also skilled in Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

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


For Certified Veterinary Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $28K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Certified Veterinary Technicians bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $39K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,965

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Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Certified Veterinary Technicians in Sarasota receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certified Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+9 percent), Boston (+7 percent), Colorado Springs (+5 percent), and Portland (+5 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Tucson and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 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

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 11%

Dentistry
up arrow 7%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 5%

Surgery
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
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National Average
$31,000

Customer Service
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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