Veterinary Technician Salary

Most Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.54 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $612.7715564749955 and $2K, respectively — total cash payment to Veterinary Technicians can bottom out near $21K or peak near $40K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-half, and nearly one-fourth earn dental coverage. Most Veterinary Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,668 - $50,066
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$21K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,008
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$9.88 - $18.11
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,668 - $50,066  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $613  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $2,466  
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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$20,772 - $40,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $18.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.89  
Overtime
$14.48 - $27.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $613  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $2,466  
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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$20,772 - $40,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,379
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Job Description for Veterinary Technician

A veterinary technician is responsible for charting medical data such as the animal's weight, eating habits, symptoms, or any other concerns the owner may have. The information taken by the technician is given to the veterinarian to help them effectively make a diagnosis. The veterinarian technician also helps keep the animal calm while it is being examined by the vet and secure the animal while the veterinarian administers any shots or other required treatments. The veterinarian technician also handles laboratory and diagnostic testing such as urine, stool, and blood samples; they also may administer certain medicines and explain their uses, benefits, and potential side effects to owners.

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Veterinary Technician Tasks

  • Collect samples and perform laboratory tests to detect pathogens, illness, or disease.
  • Conduct diagnostic tests, prepare medications, and log all activities.
  • Care for animals, including monitoring their behavior, administering medications or vaccines and first aid.

Common Career Paths for Veterinary Technician


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Advancing into a Veterinarian role seems to be a popular career move for Veterinary Technicians, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $70K per year. Veterinary Technicians most often move into positions as Registered Veterinary Technicians or Registered Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Veterinary Technicians include VCA Animal Hospital, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and BluePearl Veterinary Partners. The biggest paychecks can be found at BluePearl Veterinary Partners — the median salary there is $34K. Other leaders in compensation levels are VCA Antech at $32K, Vca, Antech, Inc. at $29K, and VCA Animal Hospital, where Veterinary Technicians annually earn $28K.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $25K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $32K and scope of pay is rather limited. Workers at Veterinary Office, Pet Vet Animal Hospital, and Animal Clinic Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $26K, $26K, and $28K respectively.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Veterinary Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 10 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Anesthesia are, more often than not, also skilled in Phlebotomy and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Veterinary Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $26K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. Veterinary Technicians bring in $34K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterinary Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $35K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Veterinary Technicians, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (8 percent lower) and Cincinnati (6 percent lower).

Veterinary Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Veterinary Technician?

Veterinary Technician in Carolina:
"Mild stress level, great environment."
Pros: I love working with the people and pets that come into the office daily.
Cons: How rude some people can treat me as well as how degrading the veterinarians can be.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 24%


Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
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Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Surgery
up arrow 2%

Dentistry
up arrow 2%

Radiology
0%

National Average
$29,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 1%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 438 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 49%
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