Women comprise the majority of Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $15.16 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Certified Veterinary Technicians. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,895 - $45,051
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MEDIAN: $32,139
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$11.78 - $19.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,895 - $45,051  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,819  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Commission
$180.00  
Total Pay (?
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$24,600 - $42,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.78 - $19.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.79 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,819  
   
Commission
$180.00  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$24,600 - $42,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 814

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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

  • Interact with owners and animals to collect and convey information.
  • Perform imaging and diagnostic tests and interpret results.
  • Administer vaccines and medications, dress wounds, and perform dental cleanings.
  • Assist with procedures and examinations.
  • Provide paperwork and summaries to owners and veterinaries.

Common Career Paths for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


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Certified Veterinary Technicians who transition into a Practice Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $54K per year. The most common promotion for Certified Veterinary Technicians is a Veterinary Technician position, which usually brings in $29K a year. Another standard transition for Certified Veterinary Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Veterinary Practice Manager role, where pay is often $42K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Vca, Antech, Inc., where the average salary comes to $38K.

With a median salary of $29K, Banfield, The Pet Hospital provides Certified Veterinary Technicians with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $36K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency/Trauma, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Client Interaction, Dentistry, and Medicine / Surgery. Those educated in Anesthesia tend to be well versed in 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 $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Certified Veterinary Technicians make a median salary of $36K. Certified Veterinary Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $37K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,040

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Certified Veterinary Technicians in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+26 percent), Sarasota (+20 percent), Milwaukee (+12 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Tucson is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Appleton and Colorado Springs (5 percent lower).

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Oncology
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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 14%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 10%

Inventory Management
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Critical Care
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National Average
$32,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 5%

Dentistry
up arrow 8%

Client Interaction
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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