Veterinary Technician Salary

Veterinary Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.94 per hour. In the world of Veterinary Technicians, overall income ranges from $21K near the bottom to $41K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Women account for the majority of Veterinary Technicians who took the survey — 90 percent to be exact. For the most part, Veterinary Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one-half have medical coverage and roughly one in four have dental coverage, roughly one-half claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,277 - $47,938
$20K
$31K
$48K
MEDIAN: $30,989
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$10.17 - $18.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,277 - $47,938  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $2,023  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $3,452  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$21,302 - $40,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $18.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36  
Overtime
$14.98 - $29.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$103.04 - $2,023  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $3,452  
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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$21,302 - $40,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,997

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Veterinary Technician


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Many Veterinary Technicians move into a Veterinarian role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $71K per year. Career advancement for the typical Veterinary Technician often leads to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician or a Certified Veterinary Technician; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


Veterinary Technicians flock to Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, VCA Antech, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, and Animal Care Hospital, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although BluePearl Veterinary Partners boasts the highest average salary in town at $36K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $25K or as much as $46K. Veterinary Specialty Center, Animal Care Center, and Vca, Antech, Inc. also offer top salaries for Veterinary Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $33K, $32K, and $32K, respectively.

Pet Vet Animal Hospital, Animal Medical Clinic, and Vetcor also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $25K for all three.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Veterinary Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency/Trauma, Inventory Management, Dentistry, and Intensive Care Unit are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 18 percent. It is often found that people who know Anesthesia are also skilled in Radiology and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technician

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


For Veterinary Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $27K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Veterinary Technicians make a median salary of $34K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $36K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,918

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For those looking to make money, Veterinary Technicians in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Cincinnati (+15 percent), and San Antonio (+11 percent). Veterinary Technicians in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Chicago (11 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Veterinary Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Veterinary Technician

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 461 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries

▲20%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$30,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Emergency/Trauma
▲18%

Inventory Management
▲15%

Dentistry
▲11%


Emergency Room (ER)
▲4%

Order Inventory
▲4%


▲2%

▲2%

▲2%


Post Anesthesia Care
▲1%

Radiology
▼0%

Customer Service
▼0%

National Average
$30,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 461 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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