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Veterinary Technician Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.50 per hour. In the world of Veterinary Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $510.89099121669 from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $3K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $21K and $40K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career length and the specific company are influential factors as well. Nearly one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in three collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale 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 (?
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: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $18.25  
   
Overtime
$14.65 - $27.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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Veterinary Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Veterinarian. Veterinarians bring home $69K per year on average. A Veterinary Technologist role is the most common promotion for Veterinary Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $28K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Veterinary Technicians is a Certified Veterinary Technician position, where earnings are usually $30K.

Veterinary Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician

VCA Animal Hospital, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, Veterinary Office, VCA Antech, and Vca, Antech, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Veterinary Technicians. VCA Antech offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $34K.
Pay for Veterinary Technicians is the lowest at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, which has a median salary of $25K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $31K. Veterinary Office and VCA Animal Hospital are other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($26K and $29K, respectively).

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Intensive Care Unit , 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Emergency Room. Those proficient in Anesthesia are, more often than not, 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Veterinary Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $35K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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$29,000
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For Veterinary Technicians, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), New York (+16 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Austin and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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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%