$30,960
Avg. Salary
$14.23
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$489

Profit Sharing

$791

Commission

$1,500

The average pay for a Veterinary Technician is $14.23 per hour.

The average pay for a Veterinary Technician is $30,960 per year.

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$0$48K
Salary $20,250 - $48,255
Bonus $100 - $2,053
Profit Sharing $301 - $2,781
Commission $1,500
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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$21,688 - $41,274
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 458
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $10.30 - $18.81
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.45
Overtime $14.99 - $29.39
Annual Data $0$41K
Bonus $100 - $2,053
Commission $1,500
Profit Sharing $301 - $2,781
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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$21,688 - $41,274
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,160

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

  • 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.

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.

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.

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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: $30,364

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 Advice

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

Veterinary Technician in Houston:
It's a dirty job that requires lots of hard work. You deal with lots of blood, poop, urine, vomit, and parasites. Not all animals are nice and not all owners care for their animals. You need to be strong, patient, and thick skinned. Vet techs work long hours and spend most of their time standing. It can be a very rewarding job.

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 Albany:
"Opinion."
Pros: Rewarding job.
Cons: Stress level high.

Veterinary Technician in Knoxville:
"Not much room for advancement - becomes stagnant."
Be prepared to work long hours with not a lot of pay and most likely not a lot of benefits.

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.

Veterinary Technician in Collinsville:
"Stressful but Rewarding."
Pros: Pets, coworkers, being hands-on.
Cons: Low paying, little recognition.

Veterinary Technician in Renton:
You are going to work very long, hard, stressful hours and never get much pay in return.

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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 938 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Veterinary Technician Salaries

▲18%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$30,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technician Salaries

Post Anesthesia Care
▲18%


Inventory Management
▲13%

Dentistry
▲10%


Order Inventory
▲4%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲3%


▲1%

▲1%

▲1%


National Average
$30,000

▼1%

Customer Service
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 938 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
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 49%