Salary for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

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

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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 can earn a salary ranging between 24000 and 36000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians can get a wage of Thirty Thousand Eight Hundred dollars each year.

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians have the highest salaries in Connecticut, which has average pay levels of close to about $36360. People holding this job title can get the highest pay in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they can receive an average pay rate of $44070.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 18.16 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

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

Public Administration
$44,070
Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,590
Manufacturing
$42,250
Educational Services
$37,310
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$37,090
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,610

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$30,570
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$31,320
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$35,820
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,610
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$37,090
Educational Services
$37,310