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 $15.94 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career duration and the particular employer. The majority of Registered Veterinary Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,289 - $53,720
$23K
$33K
$54K
MEDIAN: $33,237
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$11.81 - $21.45
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$0$53K
Salary $23,289 - $53,720
Bonus $100.10 - $1,788
Profit Sharing $688
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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$24,793 - $48,076
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 93
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $11.81 - $21.45
Hourly Tips $1.21
Overtime $16.88 - $33.61
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $100.10 - $1,788
Profit Sharing $688
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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$24,793 - $48,076
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,007

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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

  • 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)


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There are some Registered Veterinary Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Veterinary Practice Managers, where earnings are an average $43K annually.

Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


VCA Antech pays the most with a median salary of $40K, though there is little variation overall ($31K to $50K).

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $46K, Banfield, The Pet Hospital still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $32K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Survey takers working as Registered Veterinary Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Phlebotomy and Client Interaction. Those familiar with Anesthesia also tend to 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: $34,002

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Registered Veterinary Technicians, 35 percent above the national average. Registered Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+26 percent), Concord (+13 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Charlotte (+5 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cincinnati and San Antonio (14 percent less).

Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)?

Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in Raleigh:
"Vet Tech Life."
Pros: Helping animals, educating clients, the medical mysteries.
Cons: The stress and under-appreciation, cleaning up after animals, anal glands, euthanasias, long hours in surgery.

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Key Stats for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 208 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

▲20%

▲15%

▲4%

National Average
$34,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

Internal Medicine
▲32%

Emergency Medicine
▲10%


Dentistry
▲3%


▼0%

National Average
$34,000

▼1%


Radiology
▼2%


Phlebotomy
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 208 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 39%
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