Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

Most Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.60 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. Most Certified Veterinary Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by over a third. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,896 - $46,978
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$24K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $30,753
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$10.77 - $18.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,896 - $46,978  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $300.00  
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$22,853 - $39,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $18.42  
   
Overtime
$15.47 - $27.49  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
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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$22,853 - $39,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 716
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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 go on to become Veterinary Technicians may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Veterinary Technician, an upper-level role, pays $29K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Although VCA Animal Hospital heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $32K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $22K to $47K.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $34K. As Certified Veterinary Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


Sarasota offers some of the highest pay in the country for Certified Veterinary Technicians, 24 percent above the national average. Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+9 percent), Colorado Springs (+8 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Phoenix (+6 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Tucson is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Denver and 5 percent less in Appleton, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
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Radiology
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Anesthesia
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Phlebotomy
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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
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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