Veterinary Technician Salary Information

If you're passionate about animals, consider making a living helping the finned, furred and feathered.

Median Annual Salary

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According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15, the median expected annual salary for veterinary technicians is $30,290.

According to the BLS, the top 10 percent of veterinary technicians earn more than $44,030 annually.

Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.

How do veterinary technician salaries compare?

Health Care Career Median Annual Salary*
Animal Care and Service Workers $19,970
Medical and Clinical Lab Technologists $47,280
Veterinarians $84,460
Vet Assistants/Lab Animal Caretakers $23,130

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition; Animal Care and Service Workers; Medical and Clinical Lab Technologists; Veterinarians; Vet Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Is there demand for this career?

Animal caretakers need talented assistants and the field of technology around animal care is growing. Because of this, new treatments and procedures are available to keep animals healthy and alive longer, so there will be an increase in services needed.

What is the job growth for this field?

The job growth for veterinary technicians is projected to be much higher than average; employment for vet techs is expected to grow 30 percent through 2022. By comparison, employment for veterinary assistants is expected to grow by 10 percent, and all other occupations in the U.S. are projected to grow 11 percent over the same time span. 

What kinds of institutions hire veterinary technicians?

The majority of veterinary technicians work in the veterinary services industry—in fact, 91 percent of them do. If you focus on a certain specialization during your vet tech program, you might find yourself working somewhere more closely tied to that concentration.

Other places veterinary technicians find work include:

  • Laboratories
  • Boarding kennels
  • Animal shelters
  • Emergency animal care facilities
  • Zoos