Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

The larger portion of Veterinary Technologists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.57 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Veterinary Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over one-half report medical coverage and approximately one-third claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,403 - $50,135
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$32K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,541
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$9.66 - $18.37
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MEDIAN: $13.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,403 - $50,135  
   
Bonus
$51.52 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$203.47  
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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$20,334 - $42,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $18.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$15.09 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$51.52 - $3,523  
   
Commission
$613  
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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$20,334 - $42,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 410

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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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Veterinary Technologists do not often transition into Associate Veterinarian roles. The role averages $73K per year. However, Veterinary Technologists typically graduate to Veterinary Technicians or Veterinarians.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Survey results show that Veterinary Technologists use a fair number of 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. Most people familiar with Anesthesia also know Radiology, Critical Care, and Surgery. Those who learned Medicine / Surgery also tend to know Critical Care.

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: $29,984

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

With a pay rate for Veterinary Technologists that is 35 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Veterinary Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+11 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), Boston (+6 percent), and Lexington (+5 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Veterinary Technologists is geography, with workers in Houston earning a whopping 20 percent below 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
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
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%

▲13%

▲6%

National Average
$30,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries


▲5%

▲4%

▲2%


▲2%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
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: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 47%
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