Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

Veterinary Technologists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.63 per hour. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The majority of Veterinary Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — a little less than one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over a half and dental plans are enjoyed by one in three. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,875 - $50,330
$21K
$32K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,600
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$9.71 - $18.56
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$0$50K
Salary $20,875 - $50,330
Bonus $50.68 - $3,624
Profit Sharing $700
Commission $613
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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$20,470 - $42,386
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 137
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $9.71 - $18.56
Hourly Tips $0.38
Overtime $15.05 - $30.84
Annual Data $0$42K
Bonus $50.68 - $3,624
Commission $613
Profit Sharing $700
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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$20,470 - $42,386
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 470

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


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Though it's uncommon, some Veterinary Technologists move into roles as Associate Veterinarians, where pay is an average $73K per year. A more likely transition for Veterinary Technologists is Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Survey results suggest that Veterinary Technologists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Surgery, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Those familiar with Medicine / Surgery tend to be well versed in Critical Care. Most people experienced in Anesthesia also know Radiology, Critical Care, and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

Pay by Experience for a Veterinary Technologist / Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinary Technologist / Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 286 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinary Technologist / Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 119 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Technologist / Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 112 salaries. A Veterinary Technologist / Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,059

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Veterinary Technologists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+11 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), Boston (+6 percent), and Lexington (+5 percent). Veterinary Technologists in Houston report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

Veterinary Technologist / Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Veterinary Technologist / Technician?

Veterinary Technologist / Technician in Austin:
"It has its days."
Pros: Being able to do good for the animals is always the greatest payback we can ask for.
Cons: The work is high stress with harassment both from clients and management. And not all of the patients are willing participants. The days are long, the pay is not always worth it. The amount of things that are required of you would make any sane person turn away.

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Key Stats for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

▲18%

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$30,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

▲5%


▲4%


▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 47%
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