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Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

Veterinary Technologists in the United States take home an average $13.03 per hour. Female Veterinary Technologists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Slightly more than half enjoy medical while just under one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than a fifth. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,471 - $46,794
(Median)
$19K
$32K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,607
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$9.52 - $17.57
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary 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$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,471 - $46,794  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $654  
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $1,750  
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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$19,972 - $39,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.52 - $17.57  
   
Overtime
$14.67 - $27.67  
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 - $654  
   
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $1,750  
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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$19,972 - $39,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 937

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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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Veterinary Technologists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Associate Veterinarian. The latter position pays an average of $72K annually. A Veterinary Technician or a Veterinarian is a typical transition from a Veterinary Technologist role.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Veterinary Technologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Surgery, Phlebotomy, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


For many Veterinary Technologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $30K. Veterinary Technologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $32K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $36K, 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 27%

Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 19%

Surgery
up arrow 6%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 3%

Anesthesia
up arrow 1%

National Average
$28,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 10%

Radiology
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 44%