The average hourly pay for an Experienced Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) is $18.75.
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Job Description for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
The primary job of a registered veterinarian technician, (commonly known as vet techs) is to provide comfort and care to sick or injured animals. A vet tech works under a veterinarian, assisting them with day-to-day work. These technicians work in a variety of settings, such as private practices, 24-hour animal hospitals, animal shelters, labs, research facilities, zoos, and rescue agencies. Some of the duties performed by vet techs include collecting blood, stool, urine or tissue samples for …Read more
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Tasks
- Perform tests and administer medical treatments under supervision of a veterinarian.
- May have duties explaining to patient owners the nature of treatments and procedures.
- Maintain equipment within a veterinarian's laboratory.
Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
The top respondents for the job title Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) are from the companies VCA Antech, VCA Animal Hospital and Banfield, The Pet Hospital. Reported salaries are highest at VCA Antech where the average pay is $21.30. Banfield, The Pet Hospital pays the lowest at around $19.40.
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Popular Skills for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Anesthesia and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Radiology, Client Interaction and Medicine / Surgery.
Pay by Experience Level for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)
An entry-level Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $13.17 based on 230 salaries. An early career Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.67 based on 826 salaries. A mid-career Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.62 based on 522 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 36.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (17.9% more) and Santa Rosa, California (14.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Columbus, Ohio (15.1% less) and Charlotte, North Carolina (8.5% less).
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