For Veterinary Technologists, hourly average wages total $13.69 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-half lack any form of coverage — but a little over a half have medical insurance, and nearly one in three have dental, too. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The vast majority of Veterinary Technologists (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,142 - $48,948
(Median)
$21K
$32K
$49K
MEDIAN: $31,673
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$9.74 - $18.59
(Median)
$9
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,142 - $48,948  
   
Bonus
$98.14 - $3,551  
Profit Sharing
$203.47  
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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$20,585 - $42,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $18.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$14.82 - $30.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$98.14 - $3,551  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47  
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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$20,585 - $42,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Veterinary Technologists move into roles as Associate Veterinarians, where pay is an average $73K per year. Becoming a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinarian is, however, a more typical career progression for Veterinary Technologists.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Survey results suggest that Veterinary Technologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Medicine / Surgery, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Anesthesia are similarly competent in Radiology, Critical Care, and Surgery. Those proficient in Medicine / Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $28K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $31K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Veterinary Technologists see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $33K.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Phlebotomy
up arrow 4%

Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 1%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 1%

Surgery
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Radiology
0%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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