Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians can expect to earn an average of $13.68 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Some workers in this field — just over two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a little over a half and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one in three. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians.

$19,574 - $46,536
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$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,162
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$10.84 - $16.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,574 - $46,536  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $2,923  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$22,861 - $37,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.84 - $16.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.31 - $25.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$102.56 - $2,923  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$22,861 - $37,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 413
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Salary cannot be beat at VCA Animal Hospital, where median pay comes to $32K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $25K, and the higher end is not far away at $38K.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $28K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $30K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,152

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Portland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+13 percent) and Chicago (+12 percent). In Tucson, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent 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 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 54 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

Emergency Room (ER)
▲6%

Critical Care
▲6%

Surgery
▲3%

▲1%

▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
▼2%

Dentistry
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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