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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.08 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by experience level and the specific company. While some workers in this profession — roughly two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Registered Veterinary Technicians is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$21,437 - $50,076
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,437 - $50,076  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $933  
Profit Sharing
$198.88 - $531  
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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$23,021 - $44,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.94 - $20.34  
   
Overtime
$15.24 - $30.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $933  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.88 - $531  
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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$23,021 - $44,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 711
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Job Description for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

The primary job of a registered veterinarian technician, (commonly known as vet techs) is to provide comfort and care to sick or injured animals. A vet tech works under a veterinarian, assisting them with day-to-day work. These technicians work in a variety of settings, such as private practices, 24-hour animal hospitals, animal shelters, labs, research facilities, zoos, and rescue agencies.

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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Tasks

  • Maintain equipment within a veterinarian's laboratory.
  • May have duties explaining to patient owners the nature of treatments and procedures.
  • Perform tests and administer medical treatments under supervision of a veterinarian.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Those at VCA Antech can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $39K.

While select Banfield, The Pet Hospital employees may bring in up to $42K, a median salary of only $31K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Survey results imply that Registered Veterinary Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Surgery, Medicine / Surgery, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Client Interaction. Most people experienced in Anesthesia also know Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Registered Veterinary Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Registered Veterinary Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Registered Veterinary Technicians, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Registered Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Concord (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and San Jose (+14 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and San Antonio (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

Critical Care
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Surgery
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Anesthesia
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Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$32,000

Radiology
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Client Interaction
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 41%