Veterinary Technician Salary

A Veterinary Technician earns an average wage of $13.98 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Post Anesthesia Care, Emergency/Trauma, Inventory Management, and Dentistry. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$20,119 - $46,749
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$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $30,662
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$10.34 - $18.77
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$0$46K
Salary $20,119 - $46,749
Bonus $119.83 - $2,358
Profit Sharing $248.32 - $3,523
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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$21,718 - $41,370
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 264
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $10.34 - $18.77
Hourly Tips $0.38
Overtime $15.22 - $29.87
Annual Data $0$41K
Bonus $119.83 - $2,358
Commission $675
Profit Sharing $248.32 - $3,523
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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$21,718 - $41,370
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,964

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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.

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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: $30,297

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Veterinary Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Veterinary Technician?

Veterinary Technician in Redmond:
"Being a vet tech is an amazing experience."
Pros: Emergency hours have taught me about time management.
Cons: Medical fields usually require some overtime and it's probably the most difficult thing to deal with but not impossible.

Veterinary Technician in Chattanooga:
Pros: Helping animals.
Cons: Not paid enough for my hard work.

Veterinary Technician in Vienna:
"Rewarding. Can be stressful."
Pros: Helping families with there loved ones.
Cons: The hours. I work in a surgical practice, days can become very long.

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 Crestwood:
"Fast paced, high stress ,overtired, underpaid, gratifying."
Pros: Helping animals who can't help themselves, being the voice for those who can't speak and client education so that the animals have the best life they can live.
Cons: You bend over backwards for your profession that you love so much and put your heart and soul in and you get paid next to nothing. Living paycheck to paycheck while being overtired and under appreciated.

Veterinary Technician in Johnson City:
"Payrate."
Pros: Everything, vet med is great. The pay however is not.
Cons: My low pay rate and sometimes the people/clients.

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 557 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries

▲19%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$30,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Post Anesthesia Care
▲18%


Inventory Management
▲14%

Dentistry
▲10%


Order Inventory
▲4%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲3%


▲1%

▲1%

▲1%


▼0%

National Average
$30,000

Customer Service
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 557 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
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 49%
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