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Veterinary Technician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.57 per hour. In the world of Veterinary Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $21K and $40K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $611.3401184439177 and $2K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Close to one-half enjoy medical while slightly less than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in five. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinary Technicians. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,868 - $50,188
(Median)
$21K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $30,923
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$9.88 - $18.22
(Median)
$9
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,868 - $50,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $611  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $2,043  
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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$20,782 - $40,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $18.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.91  
Overtime
$14.61 - $27.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $611  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $2,043  
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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$20,782 - $40,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,072

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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. Veterinary Technicians most often move into positions as Certified Veterinary Technicians or Licensed Veterinary Technicians; those groups report median salaries that are $1K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

Veterinary Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


Veterinary Technicians fill the offices of leading firms Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and Vca, Antech, Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at VCA Antech — the median salary there is $34K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $25K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $65K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $22K to just $32K — but Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $25K.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 11 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency Room. Those familiar with Anesthesia also tend to 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.


Veterinary Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $26K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $30K. Veterinary Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $33K. Veterinary Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Veterinary Technicians, 35 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Employers pay around 15 percent less in San Antonio and 9 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Veterinary Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Veterinary Technician?

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 30%


Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

Dentistry
up arrow 1%

Radiology
0%

National Average
$29,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 2%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 428 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 48%