Average Veterinary Technician Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Veterinary Technician is $14.56.
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $19
$100 - $1,986
Profit Sharing
$205 - $2,923
$4 - $2,000
Total Pay
$22,532 - $42,036

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Job Description for Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Tasks
  • Care for animals, including monitoring their behavior, administering medications or vaccines and first aid.
  • Conduct diagnostic tests, prepare medications, and log all activities.
  • Collect samples and perform laboratory tests to detect pathogens, illness, or disease.

Job Satisfaction for Veterinary Technician

3.8 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Veterinary Technician are from the companies VCA Animal Hospital, Banfield, The Pet Hospital and VCA Antech. Reported salaries are highest at BluePearl Veterinary Partners where the average pay is $18.69. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include VCA Antech and VCA Animal Hospital, earning around $16.60 and $14.71, respectively. All Pets Veterinary Hospital pays the lowest at around $13.29. Vetcor and Animal Care Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $13.43 and $14.00, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician

Skills in Anesthesia, Phlebotomy and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Radiology and Client Interaction.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technician

An entry-level Veterinary Technician with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $12.24 based on 207 salaries. An early career Veterinary Technician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.18 based on 2,068 salaries. A mid-career Veterinary Technician with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.01 based on 1,228 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Technician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.34 based on 1,192 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $18.
Employees with Veterinary Technician in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 26.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (17.7% more) and Denver, Colorado (7.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (3.8% less) and Houston, Texas (1.9% less).

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