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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, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $612.2870324526288 from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $3K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $21K and $40K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Close to one-half enjoy medical while about one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-fifth. Most Veterinary Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,792 - $50,477
(Median)
$21K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,125
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$9.89 - $18.19
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,792 - $50,477  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $612  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $2,500  
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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$20,820 - $40,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $18.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.91  
Overtime
$14.50 - $27.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $612  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $2,500  
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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$20,820 - $40,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,243

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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 often transition into Veterinarian positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Veterinarians earn $70K per year. Veterinary Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Registered Veterinary Technicians or Office Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


Many Veterinary Technicians can be found at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and Vca, Antech, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. BluePearl Veterinary Partners offers the largest salaries in town — $36K on average. Other leaders in compensation levels are VCA Antech at $32K, Vca, Antech, Inc. at $29K, and Animal Clinic Inc, where Veterinary Technicians annually earn $28K.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $25K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $22K to $32K. Other low-paying employers include Veterinary Office at $26K and VCA Animal Hospital at $28K, though some Veterinary Technicians there earn up to $38K.

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. Most people who know Anesthesia also 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Veterinary Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $26K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Veterinary Technicians make a median salary of $33K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Veterinary Technicians, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (15 percent less) and Austin (9 percent less).

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%

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 433 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: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 49%
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