Veterinary Technician Salary (United States)

Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.50 per hour. The range in pay spans from $9.83 per hour to $18.25. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residency, followed by career duration and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and 28 percent earn dental coverage. Most Veterinary Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Veterinary Technician Salary (?
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$21,547 - $51,236
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MEDIAN: $31,070
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Veterinary Technician Salary (?
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$9.83 - $18.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,547 - $51,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $2,909  
Total Pay (?
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$20,683 - $40,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $18.25  
   
Overtime
$14.65 - $27.39  
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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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$20,683 - $40,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,572
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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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For Veterinary Technicians, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Veterinarian will earn $40K more than someone not as far along in their career. When Veterinary Technicians are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)s or Registered Veterinary Technicians, where they can expect an additional $1,209 or $3,511 per year.

Veterinary Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician

Leading companies who hire large numbers of Veterinary Technicians include VCA Animal Hospital, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, Veterinary Office, VCA Antech, and Vca, Antech, Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, VCA Antech offers the most; Veterinary Technicians earn $34,255 on average there.
Not only do salaries lack room to grow—pay ranges from $21K to just $31K—but Banfield, The Pet Hospital offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $25,202. Veterinary Office is also at the bottom of the scale.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician

Survey results show that Veterinary Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Critical Care, Phlebotomy, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 4 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency Room (ER). Most people familiar with 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.
For Veterinary Technicians, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Salaries start at $25K, which grows to $30K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $33K. After 20 years in the field, Veterinary Technicians see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $35K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Veterinary Technicians, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), New York (+16 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (-13 percent) and San Antonio (-12 percent).

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Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries

National Average
$29,000

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Phlebotomy
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Critical Care
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Anesthesia
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Medicine / Surgery
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Surgery
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Dentistry
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Radiology
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$29,000
Client Interaction
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Emergency Room (ER)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 368 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 48%