When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($24.57 per hour) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Austin, Texas (around $21.20), Weymouth, Mass. ($15.93), and San Jose, Calif. (approximately $12.93) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is San Diego, Calif. at about $10.26. By state, New York offers the highest pay at $20.00 per hour.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $14.15 per hour. Overall, the greater share of VCA Animal Hospital folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average approximately $12.13 per hour.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians earn the highest median pay at $17.75 per hour, followed by Registered Veterinary Technicians (about $16.99), Certified Veterinary Technicians ($15.19), and Veterinary Technicians (around $14.38). Receptionists at VCA Animal Hospital do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (approximately $11.22 on average) at the company.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Veterinary Technicians are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $17.84 per hour. Employees who have an Associate of Arts (AA) make the most here, hauling in $20.50 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Critical Care; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $15.44 per hour. Anesthesia also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; half of employees surveyed report using it at work. Some other standard skills here are Radiology, Customer Service, and Phlebotomy.
At VCA Animal Hospital, there are significantly more females who responded to the questionnaire than males — the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Just 23 percent receive paid time off. Half save for retirement through VCA Animal Hospital's 401(k) plan. The larger part of survey participants report having health insurance, and the larger part of employees report having dental coverage. Privileges also include pets/dog at work, tuition reimbursement, company store discount, and life insurance.