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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Women account for the majority of Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $15.16 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While nearly two in five report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,110 - $50,726
(Median)
$21K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,987
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$11.00 - $20.26
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$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,110 - $50,726  
   
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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$23,068 - $45,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $20.26  
   
Overtime
$15.47 - $30.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$23,068 - $45,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 784

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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)


Registered Veterinary Technicians flock to VCA Antech for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $38K lead the pack in compensation.

With a median salary of $30K, Banfield, The Pet Hospital provides Registered Veterinary Technicians with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $42K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Registered Veterinary Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Medicine / Surgery, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Client Interaction. It is often found that people who know Anesthesia are 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $29K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $34K. On average, Registered Veterinary Technicians make $37K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Registered Veterinary Technicians earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. In St. Louis, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Indianapolis and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 16%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Anesthesia
up arrow 1%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Radiology
up arrow 3%

Client Interaction
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 40%