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Veterinary Technician Salary

Women account for the majority of Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $13.58 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 $609.0769883968597 and $3K, respectively. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinary Technicians. Medical benefits are awarded to half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,819 - $50,133
(Median)
$21K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,033
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$9.88 - $18.20
(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
$20,819 - $50,133  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $609  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $2,517  
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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$20,809 - $40,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $18.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.91  
Overtime
$14.48 - $27.58  
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 - $609  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $2,517  
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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$20,809 - $40,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,177

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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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Veterinary Technicians might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Veterinarian, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $70K per year. Career advancement for the typical Veterinary Technician often leads to becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician or a Registered Veterinary Technician; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $3K 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, Veterinary Office, and Vca, Antech, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, BluePearl Veterinary Partners offers the most; Veterinary Technicians earn $36K on average there.

Salaries are easily beat at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, where median pay comes to just $25K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $22K and ending at $32K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Veterinary Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills 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, 9 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Anesthesia are also skilled in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Veterinary Technicians make a median salary of $33K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Veterinary Technicians in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Denver (+9 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 8 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%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Dentistry
up arrow 2%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

Radiology
0%

National Average
$29,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 2%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 431 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: 50% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 48%
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