Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

Veterinary Technologists in the United States take home an average $13.27 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to just over a half, and slightly less than a third earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Veterinary Technologists (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinary Technologists. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,014 - $48,475
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,047
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$9.24 - $18.70
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$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,014 - $48,475  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
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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$19,663 - $41,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.24 - $18.70  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $30.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
   
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
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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$19,663 - $41,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Associate Veterinarian, where median compensation is $73K annually. Becoming a Veterinary Technician or a Veterinarian is a common transition from a Veterinary Technologist role.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Survey results suggest that Veterinary Technologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Phlebotomy, Surgery, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Radiology. Most people experienced in Anesthesia also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Veterinary Technologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $30K. Veterinary Technologists see a median salary of $33K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $36K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries



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Medicine / Surgery
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National Average
$29,000

Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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