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Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

Women comprise the majority of Veterinary Technologists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.95 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Veterinary Technologists approaches anywhere from $20K on the lower end to $39K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $701.5565818181901 from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Most Veterinary Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. A little over a half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one-fifth. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$19,616 - $47,034
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MEDIAN: $31,162
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$9.51 - $17.52
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,616 - $47,034  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $702  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $14,681  
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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$19,999 - $38,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.51 - $17.52  
   
Overtime
$14.31 - $27.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $702  
   
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $14,681  
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).
)
$19,999 - $38,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,401
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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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For Veterinary Technologists, transitioning into a Veterinarian role — where the average salary $70K per year — is a rare occurrence. More often, however, Veterinary Technologists go on to become Veterinary Technicians or Registered Veterinary Technicians.

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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, facility with Critical Care, Surgery, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 8 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Radiology and Medicine / Surgery. Those proficient in Anesthesia are, more often than not, also skilled in Critical Care, Medicine / Surgery, and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $30K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $37K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 15%


National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 21%

Surgery
up arrow 8%

Anesthesia
up arrow 3%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

National Average
$28,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 8%

Radiology
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 45%