Veterinary Technician Salary

Most Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.03 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Veterinary Technicians stretch from $21K on the lower end to $41K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. While some workers in this profession — approximately half — do not have any health coverage, about one-half do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,058 - $47,823
$20K
$31K
$48K
MEDIAN: $30,767
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$10.22 - $18.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,058 - $47,823  
   
Bonus
$104.02 - $2,066  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,500  
Commission
$675  
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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$21,393 - $41,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $18.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36  
Overtime
$15.13 - $29.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$104.02 - $2,066  
   
Commission
$675  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,500  
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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$21,393 - $41,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,002

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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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Veterinary Technicians often transition into Veterinarian positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Veterinarians earn $71K per year. Registered Veterinary Technicians or Certified Veterinary Technicians are common next-step roles for Veterinary Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Veterinary Technicians is $3K higher on average, and it's $1K higher for Certified Veterinary Technicians.

Veterinary Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


VCA Animal Hospital, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, and All Pets Veterinary Hospital are top-notch employers for Veterinary Technicians in this area. The biggest paychecks can be found at BluePearl Veterinary Partners — the median salary there is $36K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $24K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $47K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Veterinary Office, Vca, Antech, Inc., and Animal Care Center, where Veterinary Technicians typically earn around $35K, $35K, or $34K, respectively.

Animal Medical Clinic, Vetcor, and Ark Animal Hospital also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $25K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Post Anesthesia Care, Emergency/Trauma, Inventory Management, and Dentistry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 19 percent. Those proficient in Anesthesia are, more often than not, also skilled in Radiology and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technician

Pay by Experience for a Veterinary Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinary Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,724 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinary Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 995 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 803 salaries. A Veterinary Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 225 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,032

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Veterinary Technicians will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), San Antonio (+13 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Denver (+6 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Veterinary Technician's salary, with Orlando Veterinary Technicians earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (15 percent lower) and Jacksonville (12 percent lower).

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 500 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries

▲20%

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$30,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Post Anesthesia Care
▲19%


Inventory Management
▲15%

Dentistry
▲11%


Order Inventory
▲5%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲4%


▲2%

▲2%

▲2%


▼0%

Customer Service
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National Average
$30,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 500 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 49%
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