Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Most Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.31 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Approximately two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Registered Veterinary Technicians. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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
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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 leads the field in pay with a median salary of $39K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $28K on the low end all the way up to $51K at the top.

Offering only $29K on average, Banfield, The Pet Hospital seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $21K on the lower end and $41K on the higher end.

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/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 pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy, Client Interaction, and Dentistry. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Registered Veterinary Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Veterinary Technicians make a median salary of $38K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,784

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

For Registered Veterinary Technicians, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Raleigh. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (13 percent lower) and San Antonio (11 percent lower).

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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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