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Veterinary Technician Salary

Most Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.55 per hour. In the world of Veterinary Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $21K and $40K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $523.3935990726978 and $3K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most Veterinary Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to about one-half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,790 - $50,531
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$21K
$31K
$51K
MEDIAN: $30,690
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$9.85 - $18.22
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,790 - $50,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $523  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $2,500  
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$20,699 - $40,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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$9.85 - $18.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.91  
Overtime
$14.69 - $27.69  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $523  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $2,500  
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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$20,699 - $40,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,755
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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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Veterinary Technicians' salaries can rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Veterinarian. Veterinarians get paid an average $70K per year. Veterinary Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Certified Veterinary Technicians or Licensed Veterinary Technicians. The median paychecks in those roles are $1K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Veterinary Technicians include VCA Animal Hospital, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and Vca, Antech, Inc. VCA Antech pays the most with a median salary of $35K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $25K to a high of $67K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Banfield, The Pet Hospital — median pay is $25K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $22K and only reaching $31K.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Survey results show that Veterinary Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit, Critical Care, Phlebotomy, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency Room. Most people experienced in Anesthesia also know Phlebotomy and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technician

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


Veterinary Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $25K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $30K. Veterinary Technicians see a median salary of $33K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Veterinary Technicians in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers pay around 13 percent less in San Antonio and 10 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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


Phlebotomy
up arrow 4%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

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 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 383 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 48%