Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Most Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $15.67 per hour. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. The majority of Registered Veterinary Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than a third have dental, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$22,676 - $50,840
$23K
$32K
$51K
MEDIAN: $31,935
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.38 - $20.98
$11
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.67
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,676 - $50,840  
   
Bonus
$145.44 - $1,649  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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).
)
$23,861 - $46,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $20.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.72  
Overtime
$16.09 - $33.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$145.44 - $1,649  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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).
)
$23,861 - $46,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 951

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Tasks

  • Perform tests and administer medical treatments under supervision of a veterinarian.
  • May have duties explaining to patient owners the nature of treatments and procedures.
  • Maintain equipment within a veterinarian's laboratory.

Common Career Paths for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Registered Veterinary Technicians might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Veterinary Practice Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $43K per year.

Veterinary Technician Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Although the highest salaries can be found at VCA Antech where median pay is $40K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $31K and $50K.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $32K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $23K to $46K.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Registered Veterinary Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 12 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Phlebotomy. Most people familiar with Anesthesia also know Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Pay by Experience for a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 578 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 311 salaries. An experienced Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 274 salaries. A Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 79 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,338

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Registered Veterinary Technicians in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Registered Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+28 percent), Concord (+15 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Charlotte (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 15 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cincinnati (13 percent lower) and San Antonio (12 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

▲22%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$33,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

Internal Medicine
▲35%

Emergency Medicine
▲12%


Dentistry
▲5%


▲2%

▲1%


Radiology
▼0%

National Average
$33,000


Phlebotomy
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 39%