How Much Money Does a Veterinary Technician Make?

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Vet Tech Median Annual Salary

According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 2020 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.

Here’s what the BLS has to say about vet tech salaries by state:

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

National data

Median Salary: $36,260

Bottom 10%: $25,520

Top 10%: $52,410

Projected job growth: 14.9%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $29,440 $21,600 $43,950
Alaska $43,880 $29,730 $52,370
Arizona $36,180 $27,870 $47,220
Arkansas $31,050 $22,150 $45,290
California $46,370 $32,070 $64,610
Colorado $37,590 $27,530 $50,200
Connecticut $42,980 $32,840 $71,070
Delaware $33,070 $26,490 $47,160
District of Columbia $45,740 $31,260 $168,490
Florida $34,590 $24,210 $49,160
Georgia $33,850 $25,570 $45,810
Hawaii $37,370 $27,240 $51,610
Idaho $32,520 $23,960 $47,100
Illinois $37,200 $26,770 $58,180
Indiana $34,510 $25,540 $42,770
Iowa $33,550 $26,580 $44,380
Kansas $34,210 $25,000 $50,840
Kentucky $30,840 $21,510 $47,760
Louisiana $26,680 $20,420 $38,690
Maine $36,610 $27,430 $50,380
Maryland $36,440 $27,200 $52,050
Massachusetts $44,590 $32,740 $64,400
Michigan $36,260 $26,730 $50,860
Minnesota $37,370 $27,920 $50,070
Mississippi $32,890 $21,770 $55,940
Missouri $30,730 $22,180 $49,150
Montana $32,210 $26,280 $42,040
Nebraska $36,780 $27,690 $48,020
Nevada $48,360 $32,310 $64,440
New Hampshire $37,850 $27,760 $50,060
New Jersey $39,230 $28,990 $52,190
New Mexico $35,320 $23,420 $49,770
New York $42,730 $31,380 $60,380
North Carolina $35,470 $25,750 $48,310
North Dakota $34,450 $25,950 $48,070
Ohio $35,650 $26,230 $47,920
Oklahoma $32,060 $22,720 $54,390
Oregon $36,930 $27,740 $56,410
Pennsylvania $35,110 $25,020 $50,310
Rhode Island $38,230 $27,950 $49,070
South Carolina $33,850 $24,860 $45,840
South Dakota $35,320 $26,960 $45,500
Tennessee $27,760 $20,800 $40,180
Texas $31,360 $21,960 $48,610
Utah $30,990 $21,940 $39,570
Vermont $35,090 $26,390 $45,120
Virginia $44,740 $32,660 $61,740
Washington $41,150 $33,090 $52,220
West Virginia $31,170 $25,220 $43,010
Wisconsin $35,550 $26,320 $47,420
Wyoming $32,370 $25,980 $42,190

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020 median salary; projected job growth through 2030. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

How Do Veterinary Technician Salaries Compare?

Salaries for Other Veterinary Roles

Vet RoleMedian Annual Salary
Animal Care and Service Workers$26,370
Medical/Clinical Lab Techs$54,180
Veterinarians$99,250
Veterinary Assistants/Lab Caretakers$29,930

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 Occupational Employment Statistics

*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.

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 higher than average; employment for vet techs is expected to grow 15% through 2030. Too, employment for veterinary assistants is expected to grow by 14%, while all other occupations in the U.S. are projected to grow 8% over the same time span.

What Kinds of Institutions Hire Veterinary Techs?

The majority of veterinary technicians work in the veterinary services industry—in fact, 91% 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. Specializations can be completed through professional certification, where you’ll study coursework to prep for the area you’re interested in and take an exam to earn the title offered through professional agencies offering the credential.

Other places veterinary technicians find work include:

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