Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

Average Veterinary Technologists in the United States make around $12.90 per hour. Women make up the vast majority of Veterinary Technologists (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and just under a third earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,978 - $47,771
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $31,997
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$9.42 - $17.76
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,978 - $47,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $1,500  
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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$19,939 - $40,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.42 - $17.76  
   
Overtime
$14.77 - $29.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $1,500  
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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$19,939 - $40,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 663
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Job Description for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

A veterinary technologist/technician's main task is to assist a veterinarian in the diagnosis and preparation of an animal for treatment. He or she must be able to conduct tests such as X-rays, blood work, dental scans, and medical injections. While a veterinary technologist/technician does not diagnose the animal himself or herself, he or she will work to provide the lead veterinarian with all necessary information in order to make the diagnosis. As such, a veterinary technician's work is often physically demanding, as he or she must operate heavy medical machinery as well as restrain and/or lift large animal patients. While the veterinary technician does not need to possess extensive knowledge of animal injuries and illnesses, general knowledge is preferred, and knowledge of how to work medical equipment as well as the various tests performed is required.

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Veterinary Technologist / Technician Tasks

  • Maintain equipment within a veterinarian's laboratory.
  • May have duties explaining to patient owners the nature of treatments and procedures.
  • Perform tests and administer medical treatments under supervision of a veterinarian.

Common Career Paths for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


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Veterinary Technologists who transition into an Associate Veterinarian role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $72K per year. A Veterinary Technologist often moves on to become a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinarian.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Veterinary Technologists seem to require a number of specific skills. Lucky workers who know Critical Care can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Surgery and Phlebotomy are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 22 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Radiology and Medicine / Surgery. Most people familiar with Anesthesia also know Critical Care, Medicine / Surgery, and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. Veterinary Technologists bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $35K.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 22%


Surgery
up arrow 9%

Anesthesia
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National Average
$28,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 7%

Radiology
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 44%
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