Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Veterinary Technologists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.74 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Although slightly less than half lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately one in three get dental coverage, too. Most Veterinary Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,737 - $49,890
$21K
$32K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,895
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$9.74 - $18.68
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MEDIAN: $13.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,737 - $49,890  
   
Bonus
$51.28 - $3,551  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$20,523 - $42,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $18.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46  
Overtime
$14.91 - $30.91  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$51.28 - $3,551  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$20,523 - $42,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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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 some Veterinary Technologists move into positions like Associate Veterinarian (where the average salary is $73K), this progression is not the norm. However, becoming a Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian is a more frequent transition for Veterinary Technologists.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Surgery, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. It is often found that people who know Anesthesia are also skilled in Radiology, Critical Care, and Surgery. Most people experienced in Medicine / Surgery also know Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. On average, Veterinary Technologists make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $34K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,161

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

Home to some of the best pay for Veterinary Technologists, New York offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+11 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Lexington (+4 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Houston Veterinary Technologists earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average.

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 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

▲17%

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$30,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries


▲4%

▲3%


▲1%

▲1%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
17%
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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