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Veterinary Technician Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Veterinary Technician is $13.50 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Veterinary Technician Salary (?
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$21,547 - $51,236
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MEDIAN: $31,070
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Veterinary Technician Salary (?
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$9.83 - $18.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,547 - $51,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $2,909  
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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$20,683 - $40,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $18.25  
   
Overtime
$14.65 - $27.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $2,909  
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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$20,683 - $40,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,572
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technician

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

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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New York
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San Diego
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Chicago
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National Average
$29,000
Phoenix
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San Antonio
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St. Louis
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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
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Critical Care
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Anesthesia
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Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%
Surgery
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Dentistry
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Radiology
0%
National Average
$29,000
Client Interaction
up arrow 1%
Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 368 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 48%