$15.39
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$494

Profit Sharing

$750

Commission

$132
Most Certified Veterinary Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.32 per hour. Total cash compensation for Certified Veterinary Technicians runs from $25K to $43K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $2K. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a little over a half and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. Most Certified Veterinary Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,007 - $46,951
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$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,902
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$11.94 - $19.71
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$0$46K
Salary $24,007 - $46,951
Bonus $102 - $1,535
Profit Sharing $103 - $1,991
Commission $132
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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$24,993 - $42,698
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 107
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $11.94 - $19.71
Hourly Tips $2.00
Overtime $16.54 - $30.31
Annual Data $0$42K
Bonus $102 - $1,535
Commission $132
Profit Sharing $103 - $1,991
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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$24,993 - $42,698
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,474

Job Description for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

A certified veterinarian technician assists in the caring for animal patients. They have a wide range of duties, from keeping medical records to giving shots and medication, and generally work with veterinarians [and occasionally scientists] similarly to how nurses work with doctors. They generally work in private practices, 24-hour pet hospitals, animal shelters, and laboratories, but may also work in zoos, racetracks, boarding kennels, or rescue agencies.

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Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Tasks

  • Interact with owners and animals to collect and convey information.
  • Perform imaging and diagnostic tests and interpret results.
  • Administer vaccines and medications, dress wounds, and perform dental cleanings.
  • Assist with procedures and examinations.
  • Provide paperwork and summaries to owners and veterinaries.

Common Career Paths for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


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As Certified Veterinary Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as Practice Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Practice Managers earn $54K on average per year. As Certified Veterinary Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Veterinary Technicians. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $29K. Another common career choice for Certified Veterinary Technicians is to move into a Veterinary Practice Manager role — this promotion usually pays $43K.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Emergency/Trauma, Intensive Care Unit, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Dentistry, Client Interaction, and Medicine / Surgery. Most people experienced in Anesthesia also know Phlebotomy.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 451 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 240 salaries. An experienced Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 223 salaries. A Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 66 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,655

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Certified Veterinary Technicians, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+28 percent), Sarasota (+17 percent), Milwaukee (+10 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). St. Cloud is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Colorado Springs (8 percent lower) and Tucson (7 percent lower).

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)?

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in Waukesha:
"Physically and emotionally involved."
Pros: The bond we can have with our patients. The technical skills of chemo administration.
Cons: It’s a little stressful coordinating all our procedures with other departments. Little flexibility for time off.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in Flora:
"The Good, The Bad, The Ugly."
Pros: Meeting the pets, surgery, the clients, saving lives is awesome!
Cons: Pay is horrible. People treat you like dirt. No benefits. Corporation runs you into the ground. Management doesn't care.

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Key Stats for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 257 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

▲16%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$33,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Oncology
▲17%

Emergency/Trauma
▲15%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲11%

Inventory Management
▲10%



▲1%


National Average
$33,000

▼1%

▼1%

▼1%

Medicine / Surgery
▼7%

▼11%

Client Interaction
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 257 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 42%