Veterinary Technician Salary

The average Veterinary Technician Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Veterinarian Technicians work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and other settings. A Veterinary Technicians salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. Area of specialization also plays a part in how much they earn. The assumption was made that the Veterinary Technicians reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Average Hourly & Annual Data


An average Veterinarian Technician salary is less than $15.27 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $10.23 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $21.39 per hour.


On an annual basis the average salary is less than $30,500. The lowest 10% earn less than $21,270 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $44,490 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Lowest and Highest Veterinary Tech Salary

The lowest paid Veterinary Technicians earn average wages below $10.50 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $21.50 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States

The best states to earn a Veterinary Technician salary are District of Columbia $39,710, Alaska $38,620, New York $37,870, Massachusetts $37,670, and Virginia $37,450.


Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Veterinary Tech salary are Norwich-New London, CT-RI $50,560, Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY $45,140, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $43,650, Anchorage, AK $42,020 and Dover, DE $41,580. 

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Other Industries that Employ Veterinary Techs.

Spectator sports, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medicine manufacturing, and scientific research and development services also employ Veterinary Technicians. A very small number work in zoos, theme parks, or wildlife preserves.

Employment Data

It is estimated that there are approximately 78,800 Veterinary Technicians employed in the U.S.

Where They Work

Over 72,000 Veterinary Technicians work in Other professional and Technical offices. Roughly translated that means Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals. Over 1500 work for local, state and federal government agencies. A number of these professionals are in the military. Colleges and Universities employ approximately 2200 with social advocacy programs employing over 1000.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Veterinary Technicians are assistive personnel primarily employed in the veterinary industry. Opportunities for private practice or self employment as a veterinary tech are limited.


Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

International Salary

United Kingdom (UK[)1]

In the UK, Veterinary technicians or nurses can earn between £14,000 and £22,000 a year, depending on experience. Senior veterinary nurses can earn around £25,000 a year.


Veterinary technician, veterinary technologist, veterinary assistant and animal care technician -According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $19.46 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec and Saint John / Sussex / St. Stephen, New Brunswick at $13 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $35,000 – $40,000. Employment prospects for veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians are good in Canada. The government forecasts that the arrival of new medical technologies and techniques, as well as the introduction of more advanced equipment, will require more technologists.


Veterinary Technologists / Nurses support Veterinarians to perform inspections, procedures and operations for the treatment of animals. They typically meet with clients and their animals prior to the Veterinarian to evaluate the concern or injury of the animal. They should have an interest in helping animals and be able to perform a variety of functions and services.

  • Starting salary: $30,000 P/A
  • Senior salary: $52,500 P/A
  • Average salary: $42,000 P/AWages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer
  • Employment level:13,400 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 15,000)
  • Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Nurse (Veterinary) is 39.4 hours
  • Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as a Nurse (Veterinary) include:NSW: 34.8%VIC: 28.4%QLD: 15.2%

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