The average pay for an Entry-Level Veterinary Technician is $12.56 per hour. A skill in Emergency Room (ER) is associated with high pay for this job.

$19,484 - $40,834
(Median)
$19K
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$41K
MEDIAN: $29,912
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$9.72 - $16.13
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,484 - $40,834  
   
Bonus
$99.90 - $2,007  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$20,273 - $36,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $16.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$13.48 - $25.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$99.90 - $2,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$20,273 - $36,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,576
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National Average: $26,879

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Veterinary Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Veterinary Technician in Ithaca:
"Find what you love."
There are so many specialties in veterinary medicine; try as many as you can before you decide to settle.

Veterinary Technician in Laurel:
"Medicine is hard."
Be ready to get dirty. Don't bother doing your nails. Be prepared to bleed. Learn to move fast. People suck. Life is hard and doubly so for animals.

Veterinary Technician in Raleigh-Durham:
"Opportunity."
Always take risk and opportunities to improve. There's always room for improvement in this field.

Veterinary Technician in Weaverville:
"Lack of Benefits/ Pay."
Get all of the hands on you can. It is very difficult to come out of Tech school with no experience. My benefit is that I have 28 years of experience, but no certificate, but still makes me more valuable (pay etc.). Can be fast paced, but fun and rewarding helping the animals. Dental cleanings are some of the most rewarding and healthy things we can do for our pets. Overall, I am satisfied with being an animal advocate to sick and wounded animals.

Veterinary Technician in Houston:
It's a dirty job that requires lots of hard work. You deal with lots of blood, poop, urine, vomit, and parasites. Not all animals are nice and not all owners care for their animals. You need to be strong, patient, and thick skinned. Vet techs work long hours and spend most of their time standing. It can be a very rewarding job.

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Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 12%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
up arrow 10%

Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 1%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 1%

Dentistry
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
0%

Radiology
0%

Surgery
0%

National Average
$27,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Medical Records
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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