Women account for the majority of Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $15.62 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but experience level and the specific company are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by two in five. Most Registered Veterinary Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,603 - $50,941
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$24K
$33K
$51K
MEDIAN: $32,999
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$11.21 - $20.69
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$11
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$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,603 - $50,941  
   
Bonus
$100.94 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
Total Pay (?
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$23,602 - $46,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.21 - $20.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.72  
Overtime
$16.06 - $32.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$100.94 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
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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$23,602 - $46,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 945

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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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Registered Veterinary Technicians may progress into high-paying roles like Veterinary Practice Manager, where median compensation is $42K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Employees at VCA Antech enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $38K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $31K and higher ones not far away at only $49K.

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 $44K.

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, 13 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy. Most people experienced in Anesthesia also know Medicine / Surgery.

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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Registered Veterinary Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,262

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

For those looking to make money, Registered Veterinary Technicians in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Registered Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Concord (+15 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), Charlotte (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cincinnati and San Antonio (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salaries

Internal Medicine
up arrow 35%

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 13%


Dentistry
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Critical Care
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Anesthesia
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Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Surgery
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National Average
$33,000

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Client Interaction
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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