Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians take home approximately $13.71 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. Most Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,653 - $46,357
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$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,117
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$10.86 - $16.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,653 - $46,357  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $2,923  
Profit Sharing
$275.00  
Total Pay (?
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$22,912 - $37,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $16.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.38 - $25.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$102.56 - $2,923  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00  
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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$22,912 - $37,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 425

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Although VCA Animal Hospital offers the highest salaries (median pay is $32K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $26K to $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,209

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For Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians, busy Portland offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+13 percent) and Denver (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tucson.

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
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
079
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)
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Surgery
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National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
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Dentistry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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