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Veterinary Medicine

How much do veterinary technicians earn?

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January 16, 2014 1:54PM

This varies somewhat depending upon geographic location, type of practice, educational level and experience. In general, a newly graduated vet tech with a degree can expect to make $14-$16 per hour while an experienced technician can often make $19-$30 per hour, more with board certification in a specialty.
Vet techs fresh out of school can expect to earn between $12 - $14 in most states. As you gain experience that number goes up. Vet tech salary for those with about 5 years of experience earn between $36k - $40k per year on average.
The median annual income for veterinary technicians was $28,000 per year in 2008. This number obviously goes up as you can more experience, knowledge, and skills.

Median hourly earnings of veterinary technologists and technicians were $12.88 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.44 and $15.77. The bottom 10 percent earned less than $8.79, and the top 10 percent earned more than $18.68.


Veterinary technicians average between $30,000-$45,000 a year. Education, experience, location and type of practice all affect the yearly earnings. A licensed veterinary technician averages $17 an hour.
Veterinary technicians average between $30,000-$45,000 a year. A licensed veterinary technician averages $17 an hour. Education, experience, location and type of practice all affect the yearly earnings.

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January 14, 2013 9:58PM

Your salary for becoming a Veterinary Technician varies depending on how long you've been on the job, how much experience you have, and how much education you have completed. The job can be as low as 40,000 upwards to 130,000 dollars.