Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $15.03 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $10.87 per hour and does not exceed $20.32. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Some workers in this field—40 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by around one third. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary (?
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$21,291 - $49,923
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MEDIAN: $34,381
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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary (?
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$10.87 - $20.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,291 - $49,923  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $894  
Profit Sharing
$195.18 - $522  
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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$22,869 - $44,820  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $20.32  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $30.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $894  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.18 - $522  
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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$22,869 - $44,820  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 670
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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.

Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Though VCA Animal Hospital leads the field in terms of pay with a median salary of $34,675, employees there receive a range of salaries, from $22K on the low end all the way up to $42K. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Banfield, The Pet Hospital, where the median salary is just $30,855.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Survey results show that Registered Veterinary Technicians use a fair number of skills. Those who have experience with Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 3 percent more than the national average, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Client Interaction. Most people skilled in Anesthesia are similarly competent in Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Registered Veterinary Technicians do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $28K, which grows to $34K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $37K. After 20 years in the field, Registered Veterinary Technicians see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $38K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$32,000
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Registered Veterinary Technicians in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego—the highest-paid cities for Registered Veterinary Technicians in California and the United States—enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Indianapolis and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-10 percent and -10 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

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

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 40%
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