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Veterinary Technician Salary

A Veterinary Technician earns an average wage of $13.57 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$20,868 - $50,188
(Median)
$21K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $30,923
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$9.88 - $18.22
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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).
)
$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.

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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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%