Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

Earnings for Veterinary Technologists in the United States come in at around $13.27 per hour on average. Work is enjoyable for Veterinary Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Veterinary Technologists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. Slightly more than half enjoy medical while slightly less than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,014 - $48,475
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$20K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,047
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$9.24 - $18.70
(Median)
$9
$13
$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 who go on to become Associate Veterinarians may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Associate Veterinarians 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 imply that Veterinary Technologists put a diverse skill set 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 skilled in Anesthesia are similarly competent 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 Veterinary Technologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. Veterinary Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $33K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Veterinary Technologist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $36K on average.

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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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