Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

Average Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians make around $13.93 per hour. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, just over a half have medical insurance and one in three receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$18,548 - $48,479
$19K
$33K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,556
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90%

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$11.04 - $17.00
$11
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$17
MEDIAN: $13.93
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$0$48K
Salary $18,548 - $48,479
Bonus $125.00 - $2,750
Profit Sharing $450.00
Total Pay (?
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$23,196 - $38,202
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 33
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $11.04 - $17.00
Hourly Tips $2.00
Overtime $15.21 - $26.12
Annual Data $0$38K
Bonus $125.00 - $2,750
Profit Sharing $450.00
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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$23,196 - $38,202
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 435

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Although the highest salaries can be found at VCA Animal Hospital where median pay is $32K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $25K and $38K.

Pay for Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians is the lowest at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, which has a median salary of $28K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,757

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

For Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians, busy Portland offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+10 percent) and Chicago (+10 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Tucson is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in Tampa:
If you are looking to support a family, this is not a good career choice. If you do it and understand you live paycheck to paycheck and want to do it for the love of animals then it may be for you. No one told me I would be a lion tamer so to speak..good luck with career.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in Seminole:
Be sure that this is your passion and be in a position that you are making a difference every day.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in New Ulm:
I like the job that I am doing, I enjoy the people I work with. The pay is crappy. Especially since I have been there 25 years.

Key Stats for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
80%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Critical Care
▲4%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲3%

Surgery
▲1%

National Average
$30,000

▼1%

▼1%

▼1%

Customer Service
▼4%

Dentistry
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 44%
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