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Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salary

For Veterinary Technologists, hourly average wages total $12.95 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (90 percent) of Veterinary Technologists who took the survey are female. Just over a half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one in five. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,538 - $47,771
(Median)
$20K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $31,780
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$9.42 - $17.56
(Median)
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$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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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
$19,538 - $47,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $620  
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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$19,883 - $39,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.42 - $17.56  
   
Overtime
$14.81 - $28.06  
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 - $620  
   
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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$19,883 - $39,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 808

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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Critical Care, Surgery, Phlebotomy, and Anesthesia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Radiology and Medicine / Surgery. 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $25K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Veterinary Technologists make a median salary of $32K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Veterinary Technologists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $36K.

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Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 13%


National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

Critical Care
up arrow 20%

Surgery
up arrow 9%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 6%

Anesthesia
up arrow 2%

National Average
$28,000

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 9%

Radiology
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 45%
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