Veterinary Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.91 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Veterinary Technicians can bottom out near $21K or peak near $41K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and tenure. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and just under one in three have dental coverage, nearly one-half claim no health benefits at all. There are far more female Veterinary Technicians who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,096 - $48,124
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$48K
MEDIAN: $30,910
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$10.13 - $18.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,096 - $48,124  
   
Bonus
$101.68 - $2,008  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $2,517  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$21,188 - $40,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $18.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36  
Overtime
$14.82 - $28.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$101.68 - $2,008  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $2,517  
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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$21,188 - $40,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,900
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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 who move on to become Veterinarians may enjoy significant pay raises, as Veterinarians get paid an average of $71K per year. A common career progression for a Veterinary Technician is to become a Registered Veterinary Technician or a Certified Veterinary Technician. Compared to Veterinary Technicians, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $1K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


Many Veterinary Technicians can be found at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, VCA Antech, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, and Animal Care Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. For Veterinary Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at MedVet Medical and Cancer Center; in fact, median earnings sit around $37K, the highest in the area. BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Veterinary Specialty Center, and Animal Care Center are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Veterinary Technicians earning around $37K, $33K, or $32K at each firm, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pet Vet Animal Hospital ($25K), Vetcor ($25K), and Banfield, The Pet Hospital ($26K).

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Veterinary Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Emergency/Trauma, Inventory Management, Emergency Medicine, and Dentistry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 18 percent. For most people, competency in Anesthesia indicates knowledge of Radiology 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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $27K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $31K. On average, Veterinary Technicians make $34K following one to two decades on the job. Veterinary Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,846

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Veterinary Technicians will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+25 percent), Cincinnati (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and San Diego (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Chicago (13 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Veterinary Technician Reviews

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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Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 18%

Inventory Management
up arrow 15%

Emergency Medicine
up arrow 14%

Dentistry
up arrow 12%


Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 2%

Surgery
up arrow 2%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 1%

Post Anesthesia Care
up arrow 1%

Radiology
0%

National Average
$30,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 429 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

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: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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