Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

Earnings for Veterinary Technologists in the United States come in at around $12.91 per hour on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Veterinary Technologists (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly more than half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,932 - $48,085
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,362
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$9.38 - $17.78
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,932 - $48,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $650  
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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$19,874 - $40,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.38 - $17.78  
   
Overtime
$14.73 - $29.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $650  
   
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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$19,874 - $40,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 649
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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 go on to become Associate Veterinarians may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Associate Veterinarians is $72K annually. Becoming a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinarian is often the next step for a Veterinary Technologist.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Veterinary Technologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Radiology and Medicine / Surgery. Those proficient in Anesthesia are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Veterinary Technologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. For Veterinary Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $35K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

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 105 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

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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