A Veterinary Technologist / Technician earns an average wage of $12.98 per hour. A skill in Critical Care is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.Rate goes up steadily as a this job becomes more experienced.
Veterinary Technologist / Technician Total Pay (?
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$19,617 - $48,276
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48K
MEDIAN: $30,618
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Veterinary Technologist / Technician Total Pay (?
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$9.39 - $17.74
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,617 - $48,276  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $9,000  
Commission
$200.00 - $2,400  
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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$19,926 - $39,564  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.39 - $17.74  
   
Overtime
$13.63 - $27.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $992  
   
Commission
$200.00 - $2,400  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $9,000  
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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$19,926 - $39,564  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,171
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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.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%
Experienced
up arrow 18%
National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 25%
Surgery
up arrow 5%
Anesthesia
up arrow 4%
Phlebotomy
0%
National Average
$28,000
Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 7%
Radiology
up arrow 10%
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 298 votes.
Gender
Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 43%
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