When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($21.20 per hour) can be spotted in Austin, Texas; Weymouth, Mass. ($15.93), Denver, Colo. (approximately $15.26), and San Jose, Calif. ($12.00) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at around $10.17) is San Antonio, Texas. Within the firm, employees working in New York take home the most — about $20.00 per hour on average.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to around $13.64 per hour. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of VCA Animal Hospital employees (53 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $12.39 per hour on average.
The highest paychecks go to Registered Veterinary Technicians, who earn an average approximately $18.28 per hour, closely trailed by Certified Veterinary Technicians ($14.96), Veterinary Technicians ($14.74), and Veterinary Technologists (about $12.75). Among the lower-paid positions at VCA Animal Hospital are Receptionists — the median salary for this role approaches $11.32.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Veterinary Technicians receive bigger paychecks (around $19.49 per hour) than those without credentials. Those with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) at VCA Animal Hospital come out on top, and their salaries approach approximately $16.29 per hour.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Critical Care; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $16.24 per hour. Folks here also tend to know Anesthesia; on the survey, just over two-fifths of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Radiology, Customer Service, and Phlebotomy are also desirable skills.
Women make up the majority of employees who completed the questionnaire for a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
As part of compensation, VCA Animal Hospital gives paid vacation to a fifth of employees and paid sick leave to one in ten respondents. Half save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for a majority of employees and dental coverage for the larger part of survey participants. The company also dishes out perks such as pets/dog at work, company store discount, tuition reimbursement, and 401(a).