Veterinary Technician Salary

Most Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $13.68 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $788.4772118541888 and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $2K, overall incomes of Veterinary Technicians spread between $21K and $40K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to one-half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,628 - $49,119
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$21K
$31K
$49K
MEDIAN: $30,914
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$9.97 - $18.21
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,628 - $49,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $788  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $2,073  
Commission
$2,358  
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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$20,937 - $40,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 327
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $18.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.21  
Overtime
$14.64 - $27.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $788  
   
Commission
$2,358  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $2,073  
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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$20,937 - $40,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,152
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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. A common career progression for a Veterinary Technician is to become a Registered Veterinary Technician or a Registered Nurse. Compared to Veterinary Technicians, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $26K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


Dominating the field, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and BluePearl Veterinary Partners are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Veterinary Technicians. BluePearl Veterinary Partners pays the most with a median salary of $36K, though there is little variation overall ($27K to $42K). Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries at VCA Antech (+$33K), Vca, Antech, Inc. (+$30K), and Animal Clinic Inc (+$29K).

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 $33K and scope of pay is rather limited. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Veterinary Office ($26K), Pet Vet Animal Hospital ($26K), and VCA Animal Hospital ($29K).

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Survey results imply that Veterinary Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Emergency Medicine can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. Inventory Management and Emergency/Trauma are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 20 percent and 28 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Emergency Room. Most people who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Veterinary Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $26K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. Veterinary Technicians bring in $34K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,443

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

For Veterinary Technicians, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+8 percent). Raleigh is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Austin (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Veterinary Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Veterinary Technician?

Veterinary Technician in Kokomo:
"My experience as an RVT."
Pros: I enjoy working with some of the animals that come in for wellness checkups. Also customers can sometimes be friendly. You work in a small environment so its easy to learn the ropes and get a jive for how each clinic works.
Cons: Most clinics are owned by doctors who dictate your pay as they see fit, mostly low. If you aren't headstrong and capable of handling constant stress and pressure to work harder for little reward, rethink this career. Malpractice is quite common but nobody will report it because if the doctors go down so will the entire clinic. IF you do get a job as an RVT, make SURE that you discuss your wages at the interview and tell them how much you plan on making. This will help you out in the long run.

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 28%

Inventory Management
up arrow 20%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 20%


Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Dentistry
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Surgery
up arrow 2%

Post Anesthesia Care
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 528 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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