Veterinary Technician Salary (United States)

A Veterinary Technician earns an average wage of $13.49 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Emergency Medicine, Inventory Management, and Customer Service. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Veterinary Technician Total Pay (?
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$21,643 - $50,802
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40K
51K
MEDIAN: $31,067
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Veterinary Technician Total Pay (?
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$9.81 - $18.18
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,643 - $50,802  
   
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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$20,636 - $40,224  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,591
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $18.18  
   
Overtime
$14.66 - $27.36  
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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$20,636 - $40,224  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,591
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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.

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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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Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries

National Average
$29,000

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 52%
Inventory Management
up arrow 30%
Customer Service
up arrow 12%
Phlebotomy
up arrow 4%
Critical Care
up arrow 4%
Anesthesia
up arrow 3%
Surgery
up arrow 3%
Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%
Dentistry
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Radiology
0%
Client Interaction
0%
National Average
$29,000
Patient Education
up arrow 2%
Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 8%
laboratory
up arrow 14%

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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 48%
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