Median Annual Salary
According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17, the median expected annual salary for veterinary technicians is $31,070.
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||$20,610|
|Medical and Clinical Lab Technologists||$49,310|
|Vet Assistants/Lab Animal Caretakers||$23,790|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 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 19 percent through 2024. By comparison, employment for veterinary assistants is expected to grow by 9 percent, and all other occupations in the U.S. are projected to grow 8 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:
- Boarding kennels
- Animal shelters
- Emergency animal care facilities