Earnings for Veterinary Technologists in the United States come in at around $13.87 per hour on average. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Women make up the vast majority of Veterinary Technologists (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Although a little over a half have medical coverage and nearly one in three have dental coverage, a little less than one-half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Veterinary Technologists is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,934 - $49,655
$21K
$32K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,693
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$9.76 - $18.65
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MEDIAN: $13.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,934 - $49,655  
   
Bonus
$51.52 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$203.47  
Total Pay (?
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$20,601 - $42,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $18.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46  
Overtime
$15.04 - $30.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$51.52 - $3,523  
   
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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$20,601 - $42,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 338

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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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While not commonly seen, Veterinary Technologists who transition into an Associate Veterinarian position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Associate Veterinarians is $73K per year. It is more probable, however, that Veterinary Technologists become Veterinary Technicians or Veterinarians.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Veterinary Technologists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Surgery, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Medicine / Surgery are similarly competent in Critical Care. The majority of those who know Anesthesia also know Radiology, Critical Care, and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Veterinary Technologists make a median salary of $35K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $34K.

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
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
049
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries



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National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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