$14.07
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$400

Profit Sharing

$1,179

Commission

$613
Most Veterinary Technologists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.55 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the company and experience level. Most Veterinary Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Although roughly one-half have medical coverage and roughly a third have dental coverage, approximately one-half claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,098 - $50,864
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$31K
$51K
MEDIAN: $31,312
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$9.99 - $19.46
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$0$50K
Salary $20,098 - $50,864
Bonus $0.00 - $2,666
Profit Sharing $1,179
Commission $613
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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$20,804 - $43,109
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 212
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $9.99 - $19.46
Hourly Tips $0.50
Overtime $13.61 - $30.85
Annual Data $0$43K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,666
Commission $613
Profit Sharing $1,179
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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$20,804 - $43,109
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 813

Job Description for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

A veterinary technologist/technician's main task is to assist a veterinarian in the diagnosis and preparation of an animal for treatment. He or she must be able to conduct tests such as X-rays, blood work, dental scans, and medical injections. While a veterinary technologist/technician does not diagnose the animal himself or herself, he or she will work to provide the lead veterinarian with all necessary information in order to make the diagnosis. As such, a veterinary technician's work is often physically demanding, as he or she must operate heavy medical machinery as well as restrain and/or lift large animal patients. While the veterinary technician does not need to possess extensive knowledge of animal injuries and illnesses, general knowledge is preferred, and knowledge of how to work medical equipment as well as the various tests performed is required.

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Veterinary Technologist / Technician 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.

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Common Career Paths for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


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Veterinary Technologists do not often transition into Associate Veterinarian roles. The role averages $73K per year. More often, however, Veterinary Technologists go on to become Veterinary Technicians or Veterinarians.

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Popular Skills for Veterinary Technologist / Technician


Survey results suggest that Veterinary Technologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Critical Care, Surgery, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Most people skilled in Anesthesia are similarly competent in Radiology, Critical Care, and Surgery. Those proficient in Medicine / Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in Critical Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

Pay by Experience for a Veterinary Technologist / Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinary Technologist / Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 286 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinary Technologist / Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 119 salaries. An experienced Veterinary Technologist / Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 112 salaries. A Veterinary Technologist / Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,403

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

For Veterinary Technologists, New York provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Veterinary Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+12 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), Boston (+6 percent), and Lexington (+5 percent). Veterinary Technologists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Veterinary Technologists in Houston bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average.

Veterinary Technologist / Technician Reviews

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

Veterinary Technologist / Technician in Austin:
"It has its days."
Pros: Being able to do good for the animals is always the greatest payback we can ask for.
Cons: The work is high stress with harassment both from clients and management. And not all of the patients are willing participants. The days are long, the pay is not always worth it. The amount of things that are required of you would make any sane person turn away.

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Key Stats for Veterinary Technologist / Technician

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries

▲16%

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$30,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Veterinary Technologist / Technician Salaries


▲3%

▲2%


▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 45%