A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) earns an average wage of $15.10 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Total Pay (?
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$21,636 - $49,928
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $34,111
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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Total Pay (?
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$10.88 - $20.54
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,636 - $49,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $708  
Profit Sharing
$81.39 - $513  
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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$22,976 - $45,520  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 704
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $20.54  
   
Overtime
$15.31 - $30.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $708  
   
Profit Sharing
$81.39 - $513  
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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$22,976 - $45,520  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 704
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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San Jose
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Sacramento
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Atlanta
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Charlotte
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National Average
$32,000
Columbus
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Houston
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Indianapolis
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St. Louis
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Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

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Anesthesia
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Medicine / Surgery
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Critical Care
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National Average
$32,000
Phlebotomy
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Radiology
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Client Interaction
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Job Satisfaction
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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
26%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 40%
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