Veterinary Technician Salary

The larger portion of Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.53 per hour. Total cash compensation for Veterinary Technicians runs from $21K to $40K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $610.8765515715376 and profit sharing that can reach almost $2K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to close to one-half, and around one in four earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,723 - $50,167
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$21K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,039
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$9.88 - $18.15
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$9
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,723 - $50,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $611  
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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$20,766 - $40,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $18.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.91  
Overtime
$14.46 - $27.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $611  
   
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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$20,766 - $40,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,356
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Veterinarian, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $70K per year. The most common next step for a Veterinary Technician is to become a Registered Veterinary Technician or a Registered Nurse. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $26K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


VCA Animal Hospital, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and BluePearl Veterinary Partners are among the top companies that take on many Veterinary Technicians. BluePearl Veterinary Partners offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $34K. Other leaders in compensation levels are VCA Antech at $32K, Vca, Antech, Inc. at $29K, and VCA Animal Hospital, where Veterinary Technicians annually earn $28K.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $25K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $32K and scope of pay is rather limited. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Veterinary Office ($26K), Pet Vet Animal Hospital ($26K), and Animal Clinic Inc ($28K).

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Veterinary Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 29 percent, 9 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $26K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


For Veterinary Technicians, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (15 percent lower) and Austin (9 percent lower).

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 29%


Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Dentistry
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

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 437 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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