Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.34 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Although a majority have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, nearly two in five claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,333 - $50,296

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$11.02 - $20.47

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,333 - $50,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $989  
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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$23,227 - $45,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.02 - $20.47  
   
Overtime
$15.96 - $31.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $989  
   
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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$23,227 - $45,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 804
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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 does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $40K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $27K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $51K.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $30K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $21K and $40K.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Survey results show that Registered Veterinary Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medicine, Emergency/Trauma, Critical Care, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Client Interaction and Radiology. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. Registered Veterinary Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Registered Veterinary Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Registered Veterinary Technicians, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and San Antonio (13 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 14%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 10%

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 138 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: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 40%
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