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Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $14.59 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career length and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and one in three claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,834 - $47,652
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$24K
$31K
$48K
MEDIAN: $31,410
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$10.57 - $18.51
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,834 - $47,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
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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$22,521 - $39,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $18.51  
   
Overtime
$15.22 - $27.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
   
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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$22,521 - $39,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 687

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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)


Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $29K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $25K to $33K.

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Certified Veterinary Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Dentistry, Surgery, Radiology, and Phlebotomy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Most people familiar with 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.


For Certified Veterinary Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $28K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $32K. For Certified Veterinary Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary 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 $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Certified Veterinary Technicians in Sarasota receive some of the highest pay in the country. Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+12 percent), Colorado Springs (+8 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and St. Paul (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Tucson is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Denver and Appleton earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 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 10%

Radiology
up arrow 4%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
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National Average
$31,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 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
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 38%