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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.31 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,333 - $50,296
(Median)
$21K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,791
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$11.04 - $20.40
(Median)
$11
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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
$21,333 - $50,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $985  
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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$23,265 - $45,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $20.40  
   
Overtime
$15.63 - $31.19  
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 - $985  
   
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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$23,265 - $45,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 805

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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)


VCA Antech offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $38K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $24K to just $42K — but Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $31K.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Registered Veterinary Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Medicine / Surgery, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Client Interaction. Those educated in Anesthesia tend to be well versed in Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Registered Veterinary Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $35K. Registered Veterinary Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Registered Veterinary Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Relative to Registered Veterinary Technicians in the rest of the country, Registered Veterinary Technicians in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Workers in San Antonio and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less).

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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%


Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Anesthesia
0%

Surgery
0%

National Average
$33,000

Radiology
up arrow 2%

Client Interaction
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 40%
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