For Mid-Career Veterinary Technicians, hourly average wages total $14.48 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by just under a third. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mid-Career Veterinary Technicians. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,669 - $51,395
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$33K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,362
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$11.24 - $18.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,669 - $51,395  
   
Bonus
$101.27 - $2,349  
Profit Sharing
$800  
Commission
$2,200  
Total Pay (?
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$23,585 - $40,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.24 - $18.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$16.49 - $28.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$101.27 - $2,349  
   
Commission
$2,200  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$23,585 - $40,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 954
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VCA Animal Hospital offers the best pay with a median salary of $34K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $24K and maxing out at just $41K.

Pay for Mid-Career Veterinary Technicians is the lowest at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, which has a median salary of $27K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,998

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Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Mid-Career Veterinary Technicians, 27 percent higher than the national average. Mid-Career Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), Houston (+15 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and San Antonio (+5 percent). Mid-Career Veterinary Technicians in St. Louis earn salaries far below the national average by 26 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Orlando and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
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Radiology
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Critical Care
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Surgery
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National Average
$31,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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