Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salary

An average Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technician can expect to take home roughly $13.99 per hour. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — more than two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over a half and dental plans are enjoyed by one-third. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$18,121 - $49,665
$18K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,667
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$11.36 - $17.06
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$0$49K
Salary $18,121 - $49,665
Bonus $103.65 - $1,454
Profit Sharing $450.00
Total Pay (?
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$23,725 - $38,267
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 30
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $11.36 - $17.06
Hourly Tips $2.00
Overtime $15.42 - $26.20
Annual Data $0$38K
Bonus $103.65 - $1,454
Profit Sharing $450.00
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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$23,725 - $38,267
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 447

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Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)


Employees at VCA Animal Hospital enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $32K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $25K and higher ones not far away at only $38K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Banfield, The Pet Hospital — median pay is $28K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $23K and only reaching $30K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,225

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians, Portland offers exceptional salaries, 14 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Veterinary Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+10 percent) and Chicago (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Tucson is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in Tampa:
If you are looking to support a family, this is not a good career choice. If you do it and understand you live paycheck to paycheck and want to do it for the love of animals then it may be for you. No one told me I would be a lion tamer so to speak..good luck with career.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in Seminole:
Be sure that this is your passion and be in a position that you are making a difference every day.

Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) in New Ulm:
I like the job that I am doing, I enjoy the people I work with. The pay is crappy. Especially since I have been there 25 years.

Key Stats for Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
80%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) Salaries

Emergency Room (ER)
▲2%

Critical Care
▲2%

National Average
$30,000

Surgery
▼1%

▼2%

▼2%

▼3%

Customer Service
▼5%

Dentistry
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 42%
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