Veterinary Technician Salary Information
Find out what you'll earn in a veterinary technician career.
Vet Tech Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for veterinary technologists and technicians is $29,710. As with most professions, more experienced veterinary technicians have the opportunity to earn higher salaries. Experience and knowledge lead to a deeper understanding of your work, greater responsibility and higher earning potential.
Also, there are vet tech salary differences depending on where you choose to work. On average, veterinary techs working in animal research may have lower starting salaries but can quickly graduate to higher salaries than those working in animal care clinics. See the veterinary technician interview for an example of benefits and hours associated with the job.
Whether you work in a private practice or for a corporation, a full-time veterinary technician may be offered benefits including health care, vacation and holiday pay and sick leave and a 401(k) plan.
Vet Tech Job Outlook
Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow 52 percent through 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As veterinary services become more specialized and as practices increase, veterinarians will continue to prefer higher skilled technologists and technicians over assistants, for more complex work. Job prospects overall are excellent, especially in rural areas.
Earning a credential, such as the Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), or the Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)—which are commonly bundled under the umbrella term credentialed veterinary technician by the administering National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America—can enhance your career and provide more opportunity for advancement.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data published March 27, 2012, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians.
*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 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.
Education and Careers
- Veterinary Technician Education Read about course information and requirements toward your certification.
- Certification Information Learn what you need to do to become a certified veterinary technician.
- School Accreditation Get information about the benefits of attending an accredited vet tech school.
- Professional Interview Read the interview of an experienced veterinary technician and get an inside look at the profession.
- Training Information Find out how to choose the right education program and internship.
- Career Options Discover some of your options when you are choosing a veterinary technician career.
- Job Information Find out the responsibilities of a veterinary technician and the tasks they perform.
- Veterinary Tech Specialties Check out some of the specialties a veterinary technician career offers.
- Salary Information Find information about the earning potential of different veterinary technician jobs.
- Veterinary Assistant Career Learn about getting into the field as a veterinary assistant and the duties they perform.
- Resources and Links Browse a compiled list of vet tech resources to research your certification.