Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Most Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $15.31 per hour. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly two in five lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and over a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Registered Veterinary Technicians. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,831 - $50,026
(Median)
$22K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,809
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$10.96 - $20.47
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,831 - $50,026  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
Profit Sharing
$325.00  
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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$23,071 - $45,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $20.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$16.09 - $31.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
   
Profit Sharing
$325.00  
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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$23,071 - $45,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 923
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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.

Common Career Paths for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


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Registered Veterinary Technicians who take on a higher-level position such as Veterinary Technician may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Veterinary Technicians on average bring home $29K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Although VCA Antech heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $39K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $28K to $51K.

Although Banfield, The Pet Hospital hands out the lowest average salary in town at $29K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $21K or as much as $41K.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Registered Veterinary Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency/Trauma, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy, Client Interaction, and Dentistry. For most people, competency in Anesthesia indicates knowledge of Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

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


For many Registered Veterinary Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $35K. Registered Veterinary Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Registered Veterinary Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,784

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

For Registered Veterinary Technicians, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Raleigh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Houston and 11 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 20%

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 14%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Anesthesia
up arrow 1%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Radiology
up arrow 3%

Dentistry
up arrow 3%

Client Interaction
up arrow 4%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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