Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) earns an average wage of $15.30 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Emergency Medicine and Emergency/Trauma. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
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$21,370 - $50,238
(Median)
$21K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,370
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$11.01 - $20.44
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$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
$21,370 - $50,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
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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$23,203 - $45,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.01 - $20.44  
   
Overtime
$16.08 - $31.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
   
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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$23,203 - $45,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 807
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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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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
up arrow 1%

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 139 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: 26% employee benefits None: 40%
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