How Much Money Does a Veterinary Technician Make?

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

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Vet Tech Median Annual Salary

According to The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics, the average annual salary for veterinary technicians is $35,560.

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?

Salaries for Other Veterinary Roles

Vet Role

  • Animal Control Workers
  • Medical/Clinical Lab Techs
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Assistants/Lab Caretakers

Average Annual Salary

  • $39,710
  • $54,780
  • $104,820
  • $29,690

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 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 much higher than average; employment for vet techs is expected to grow 16% through 2029. Too, employment for veterinary assistants is expected to grow by 16%, while all other occupations in the U.S. are projected to grow 4% 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
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