Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.28 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. While two in five report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. The majority of Registered Veterinary Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,441 - $50,713
(Median)
$21K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,370
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$11.02 - $20.39
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$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,441 - $50,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
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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$23,231 - $45,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.02 - $20.39  
   
Overtime
$16.10 - $31.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
   
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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$23,231 - $45,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 812
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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)


The biggest paychecks can be found at VCA Antech — the median salary there is $38K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $27K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $51K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Banfield, The Pet Hospital, where the median salary is just $30K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $21K to $41K.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Registered Veterinary Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medicine, Emergency/Trauma, Critical Care, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Veterinary Technicians make a median salary of $37K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $40K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For Registered Veterinary Technicians, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Francisco, Los Angeles, 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. St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Houston and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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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%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 11%


Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Surgery
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Anesthesia
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
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
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: 25% employee benefits None: 40%
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