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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $15.24 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Registered Veterinary Technicians. Some workers in this field — two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,212 - $50,474
(Median)
$21K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,672
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$11.02 - $20.40
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,212 - $50,474  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $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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$23,161 - $45,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.02 - $20.40  
   
Overtime
$15.55 - $31.09  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $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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$23,161 - $45,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 790

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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)


VCA Antech offers the largest salaries in town — $38K on average.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $30K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $42K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Survey results suggest that Registered Veterinary Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Medicine / Surgery, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Client Interaction. Those proficient in Anesthesia are, more often than not, also skilled 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy 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 $34K. Registered Veterinary Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Registered Veterinary Technicians, 39 percent higher than the national average. Registered Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+22 percent), Concord (+18 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and San Jose (+13 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 10 percent below the median salary for those in this field in San Antonio and Houston.

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Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 15%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Anesthesia
0%

Surgery
0%

National Average
$33,000

Radiology
up arrow 3%

Client Interaction
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 40%
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