How Much Do Veterinary Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$37860 per year
Hourly wage
$18 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$25,520 to $30,030 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Veterinary Technologists and Technicians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,520 to $30,030 per year or $12 to $14 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Veterinary Technologists and Technicians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $25 $52,410
Senior (Top 25%) $21 $43,890
Middle (Mid 50%) $17 $36,260
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $30,030
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,520

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $32 $66,850
CT $23 $48,620
NV $23 $48,390
CA $23 $47,580
MA $22 $46,480
VA $22 $45,050
NY $21 $43,780
AK $20 $42,330
WA $20 $42,190
IL $20 $41,420

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Veterinary Technologist and Technician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Veterinary Technicians are in the states of DC, CT, NV, CA and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $55700 $26.78
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $46470 $22.34
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $45200 $21.73
Scientific Research and Development Services $44860 $21.57
Employment Services $44460 $21.37
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $43600 $20.96
Local Government $43210 $20.77
State Government $42380 $20.38
Management of Companies and Enterprises $38910 $18.71
Other Personal Services $37510 $18.04
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $37350 $17.95
Social Advocacy Organizations $36460 $17.53

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