Veterinary Technician Salary

Women account for the majority of Veterinary Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.19 per hour. Cash earnings for Veterinary Technicians — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $22K to approximately $41K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. For the most part, Veterinary Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by approximately half and dental insurance is reported by slightly less than a third. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,088 - $46,804
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$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $30,733
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$10.39 - $18.86
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$0$46K
Salary $20,088 - $46,804
Bonus $121.96 - $2,403
Profit Sharing $251.68 - $3,477
Commission $350.00
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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$21,892 - $41,497
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 254
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $10.39 - $18.86
Hourly Tips $0.38
Overtime $15.26 - $29.85
Annual Data $0$41K
Bonus $121.96 - $2,403
Commission $350.00
Profit Sharing $251.68 - $3,477
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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$21,892 - $41,497
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,949

Job Description for Veterinary Technician

A veterinary technician is responsible for charting medical data such as the animal's weight, eating habits, symptoms, or any other concerns the owner may have. The information taken by the technician is given to the veterinarian to help them effectively make a diagnosis. The veterinarian technician also helps keep the animal calm while it is being examined by the vet and secure the animal while the veterinarian administers any shots or other required treatments. The veterinarian technician also handles laboratory and diagnostic testing such as urine, stool, and blood samples; they also may administer certain medicines and explain their uses, benefits, and potential side effects to owners.

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Veterinary Technician Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Veterinary Technician


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Many Veterinary Technicians move into a Veterinarian role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $71K per year. Veterinary Technicians most often move into positions as Registered Veterinary Technicians or Certified Veterinary Technicians; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

Veterinary Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinary Technician


Many Veterinary Technicians can be found at VCA Animal Hospital, Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, and All Pets Veterinary Hospital, firms that are at the top of the field. Although BluePearl Veterinary Partners heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $36K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $24K to $47K. Veterinary Office, Vca, Antech, Inc., and Animal Care Center also offer top salaries for Veterinary Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $35K, $35K, and $34K, respectively.

Animal Medical Clinic, Vetcor, and Ark Animal Hospital are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $25K.

Popular Skills for Veterinary Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Post Anesthesia Care, Emergency/Trauma, Inventory Management, and Dentistry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 18 percent. It is often found that people who know Anesthesia are also skilled in Radiology and Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technician

Pay by Experience for a Veterinary Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinary Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 1,724 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinary Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 995 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 803 salaries. A Veterinary Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 225 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,294

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

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Veterinary Technicians, 33 percent above the national average. Veterinary Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+24 percent), San Antonio (+12 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Denver (+5 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Veterinary Technicians in Orlando earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (16 percent lower) and Jacksonville (13 percent lower).

Veterinary Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Veterinary Technician?

Veterinary Technician in Redmond:
"Being a vet tech is an amazing experience."
Pros: Emergency hours have taught me about time management.
Cons: Medical fields usually require some overtime and it's probably the most difficult thing to deal with but not impossible.

Veterinary Technician in Chattanooga:
Pros: Helping animals.
Cons: Not paid enough for my hard work.

Veterinary Technician in Vienna:
"Rewarding. Can be stressful."
Pros: Helping families with there loved ones.
Cons: The hours. I work in a surgical practice, days can become very long.

Veterinary Technician in Kokomo:
"My experience as an RVT."
Pros: I enjoy working with some of the animals that come in for wellness checkups. Also customers can sometimes be friendly. You work in a small environment so its easy to learn the ropes and get a jive for how each clinic works.
Cons: Most clinics are owned by doctors who dictate your pay as they see fit, mostly low. If you aren't headstrong and capable of handling constant stress and pressure to work harder for little reward, rethink this career. Malpractice is quite common but nobody will report it because if the doctors go down so will the entire clinic. IF you do get a job as an RVT, make SURE that you discuss your wages at the interview and tell them how much you plan on making. This will help you out in the long run.

Veterinary Technician in Crestwood:
"Fast paced, high stress ,overtired, underpaid, gratifying."
Pros: Helping animals who can't help themselves, being the voice for those who can't speak and client education so that the animals have the best life they can live.
Cons: You bend over backwards for your profession that you love so much and put your heart and soul in and you get paid next to nothing. Living paycheck to paycheck while being overtired and under appreciated.

Veterinary Technician in Johnson City:
"Payrate."
Pros: Everything, vet med is great. The pay however is not.
Cons: My low pay rate and sometimes the people/clients.

Veterinary Technician in Carolina:
"Mild stress level, great environment."
Pros: I love working with the people and pets that come into the office daily.
Cons: How rude some people can treat me as well as how degrading the veterinarians can be.

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Key Stats for Veterinary Technician

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 593 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries

▲19%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$30,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Post Anesthesia Care
▲18%


Inventory Management
▲14%

Dentistry
▲10%


Order Inventory
▲4%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲3%


▲1%

▲1%

▲1%


▼0%

National Average
$30,000

Customer Service
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 593 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 50%