Median pay for Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians lies in the neighborhood of $13.67 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Although just over two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. Most Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,203 - $46,638
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$20K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,116
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$10.75 - $16.56
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$11
$14
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,203 - $46,638  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,517  
Profit Sharing
$275.00  
Total Pay (?
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$22,763 - $37,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.75 - $16.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$15.40 - $25.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$101.37 - $2,517  
   
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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$22,763 - $37,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 412

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Although salaries only range from $26K to just $34K, VCA Animal Hospital still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $32K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Banfield, The Pet Hospital — median pay is $27K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $23K and only reaching $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,142

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

Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent. Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+14 percent) and Denver (+3 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Tucson is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 6%

Surgery
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
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Radiology
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National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Dentistry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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