Veterinary Technician Salary

Veterinary Technicians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.56 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $664.6616541353392 and $2K, respectively — total cash payment to Veterinary Technicians can bottom out near $21K or peak near $40K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly one-half enjoy medical while nearly one-fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a fifth. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinary Technicians. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,704 - $49,812

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$9.90 - $18.13

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,704 - $49,812  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $665  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $2,466  
Total Pay (?
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$20,807 - $40,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $18.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.89  
Overtime
$14.55 - $27.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $665  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $2,466  
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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$20,807 - $40,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,438
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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. It is quite typical for Veterinary Technicians to transition into roles as Registered Veterinary Technicians or Registered Nurses, where reported median earnings are $4K and $26K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


Dominating the field, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and BluePearl Veterinary Partners are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Veterinary Technicians. BluePearl Veterinary Partners leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $35K. VCA Antech, Vca, Antech, Inc., and VCA Animal Hospital also offer top salaries for Veterinary Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $32K, $29K, and $28K, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at Banfield, The Pet Hospital — median pay is $25K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $22K and only reaching $32K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Veterinary Office ($26K), Pet Vet Animal Hospital ($26K), and Animal Clinic Inc ($28K).

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Veterinary Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 24 percent, 10 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.


Veterinary Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Veterinary Technicians make a median salary of $34K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $35K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Veterinary Technicians will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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 24%


Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Surgery
up arrow 2%

Dentistry
up arrow 2%

Radiology
0%

National Average
$29,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 1%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 436 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
23%
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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