Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Salary

Registered Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.30 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Job satisfaction for Registered Veterinary Technicians is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,370 - $50,238
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$21K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,370
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$11.01 - $20.44
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,370 - $50,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
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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$23,203 - $45,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.01 - $20.44  
   
Overtime
$16.08 - $31.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $988  
   
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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$23,203 - $45,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 807
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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)


For Registered Veterinary Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at VCA Antech; in fact, average earnings are around $38K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($27K versus $51K) is great.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest median salary at $30K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $21K and $41K.

Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)


Registered Veterinary Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency Medicine, Emergency/Trauma, Critical Care, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Client Interaction and Radiology. Those proficient in Anesthesia are, more often than not, also skilled in Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

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


For Registered Veterinary Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


Registered Veterinary Technicians in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Registered Veterinary Technicians in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego are the best-paid American cities for Registered Veterinary Technicians, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. With compensation 16 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Houston and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 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

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 15%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 11%


Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

Anesthesia
0%

National Average
$33,000

Radiology
up arrow 3%

Client Interaction
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 40%
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