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Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary (United States)

Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.03 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, nearly two in five claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Registered Veterinary Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary (?
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$21,291 - $49,923
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$10.87 - $20.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,291 - $49,923  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $894  
Profit Sharing
$195.18 - $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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$22,869 - $44,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $20.32  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $30.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $894  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.18 - $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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$22,869 - $44,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 670
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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)

Although VCA Animal Hospital leads the field in pay with a median salary of $35K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $22K on the low end all the way up to $43K at the top. Although Banfield, The Pet Hospital hands out the lowest average salary in town at $31K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $21K or as much as $47K. VCA Animal Hospital also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Registered Veterinary Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Surgery, 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. Most people experienced in Anesthesia also know Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. For Registered Veterinary Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $38K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about an eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$32,000
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For Registered Veterinary Technicians, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Indianapolis and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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

Surgery
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Critical Care
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Medicine / Surgery
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Anesthesia
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National Average
$32,000
Radiology
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Client Interaction
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 116 votes.

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
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 40%