Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $15.03 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.87 per hour on the low end to $20.32 on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Although 40 percent lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and about a third get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary (?
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$21,291 - $49,923
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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary (?
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$10.87 - $20.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,291 - $49,923  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $894  
Profit Sharing
$195.18 - $522  
Total Pay (?
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$22,869 - $44,820  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $20.32  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $30.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $894  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.18 - $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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$22,869 - $44,820  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 670
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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.

Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Though heading up the field in terms of compensation—VCA Animal Hospital offers the highest median salary at $34,675—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $22K and reaching $42K. For Registered Veterinary Technicians, below-average salaries can be found at Banfield, The Pet Hospital; in fact, typical earnings are around $30,855, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($21K versus $47K) is great.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Registered Veterinary Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Those who have experience with Surgery can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 3 percent more than the national average, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.
For many Registered Veterinary Technicians, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Though starting salaries approximate $28K, they climb to $34K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $37K. As Registered Veterinary Technicians reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $38K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$32,000
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California is a land of opportunity for Registered Veterinary Technicians. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego all offering salaries above the national rate. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 15 percent below the national average. Indianapolis and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -10 percent and -10 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

Surgery
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$32,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 40%
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