Veterinary Technician Salary

A Veterinary Technician earns an average wage of $13.98 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Post Anesthesia Care, Emergency/Trauma, Inventory Management, and Dentistry. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$20,291 - $47,352
$20K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $30,933
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$10.18 - $18.46
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MEDIAN: $13.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,291 - $47,352  
   
Bonus
$104.02 - $2,064  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,500  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$21,345 - $40,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $18.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$14.97 - $29.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$104.02 - $2,064  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $3,500  
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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$21,345 - $40,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,896

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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

  • Care for animals, including monitoring their behavior, administering medications or vaccines and first aid.
  • Conduct diagnostic tests, prepare medications, and log all activities.
  • Collect samples and perform laboratory tests to detect pathogens, illness, or disease.

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Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technician

Pay by Experience for a Veterinary Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinary Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,724 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinary Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 995 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 803 salaries. A Veterinary Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 225 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,984

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Veterinary Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Veterinary Technician?

Veterinary Technician in Kokomo:
"My experience as an RVT."
Pros: I enjoy working with some of the animals that come in for wellness checkups. Also customers can sometimes be friendly. You work in a small environment so its easy to learn the ropes and get a jive for how each clinic works.
Cons: Most clinics are owned by doctors who dictate your pay as they see fit, mostly low. If you aren't headstrong and capable of handling constant stress and pressure to work harder for little reward, rethink this career. Malpractice is quite common but nobody will report it because if the doctors go down so will the entire clinic. IF you do get a job as an RVT, make SURE that you discuss your wages at the interview and tell them how much you plan on making. This will help you out in the long run.

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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Key Stats for Veterinary Technician

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 450 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries

▲20%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$30,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Post Anesthesia Care
▲19%


Inventory Management
▲15%

Dentistry
▲11%


Order Inventory
▲5%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲4%


▲2%

▲2%

▲2%


▲1%

Customer Service
▼0%

National Average
$30,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 450 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 50%