Veterinary Technician Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Veterinary Technicians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $13.50 per hour on average. Compensation starts at $9.83 per hour and can reach $18.25. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $510.89099121669 and $2,909, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $21,547 or peak near $51,236. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; more than half claim both medical and dental insurance and 19 percent get vision coverage. Most Veterinary Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from 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 (?
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$20,683 - $40,380  
PayScale
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  
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  
PayScale
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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As Veterinary Technicians transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Veterinarian may earn an extra $40K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. 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

Dominating the field, VCA Animal Hospital, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, Veterinary Office, VCA Antech, and Vca, Antech, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Veterinary Technicians. VCA Antech offers the largest salaries in town—$34,255 on average.
Salaries are easily beat at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, where median pay comes to just $25,202, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $21K and ending at $31K, range in salary is rather small. Veterinary Office is also at the bottom of the scale.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician

Survey results imply that Veterinary Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. 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 pay less than market rate include Emergency Room (ER). The majority of those 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.
For many Veterinary Technicians, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Starting out, salaries fall in the $25K range but grow to $30K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $33K. Salaries grow more slowly as Veterinary Technicians approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $35K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 23 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$29,000
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Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Veterinary Technicians, 38 percent higher than the national average. Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, and San Diego also offer top salaries for Veterinary Technicians. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 23 percent, 19 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent more, respectively. St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Workers in Austin and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-13 percent and -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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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%
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