Salary for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

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Also known as:  Certified Veterinary Technician, Licensed Veterinary Technician, LVT, Registered Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Lab Tech, Veterinary Laboratory Technician, Veterinary Surgery Technician, Veterinary Surgery Technologist, Veterinary Technologist, Veterinary X-Ray Operator helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Laboratory analysis of animal bodily samples, the preparation of vaccines for use in animals, and the preparation of animal blood and tissue samples for diagnostic purposes are conducted by veterinary technologists and technicians. These specialists may assist veterinarians in surgeries, and are also responsible for cleaning the tools, machines, supplies and equipment used in veterinary medicine. They may also take diagnostic images and fill prescriptions following veterinarian's instructions. An Associate's degree or some college training are generally required for this profession.

A Veterinary Technologist or Technician will normally get an average wage ranging between $25,520 to $52,410 depending on tenure level. can get an average compensation of thirty-seven thousand eight hundred and sixty dollars yearly.

make the highest salary in District of Columbia, where they receive average pay scales of approximately $66,850. Employees who work in this career can make the most money in Wholesale Trade, where they earn an average job salary of $56,820.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 44.63 percent nationwide in that time.


Veterinary Technologists and Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries:

Wholesale Trade
Public Administration
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
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