Veterinary Technician Salary

veterinary-technician-salary-chart.jpgA veterinary technician performs medical tests in a lab to diagnose the ailments of animals so that they can be properly treated. The veterinary technician also makes up vaccines and serums, draws blood and takes blood counts, performs urinalysis and other tests and provides tissue samples. He or she also makes sure that instruments are sterilized and that all machines are in good working order. Sometimes they help a veterinarian during veterinary surgery.

About 83,350 people work as veterinary technicians as of May, 2012.

Salaries

The mean annual salary of a veterinary technician is $31,470 as of May 2012. The upper 10 percent earned a salary of $44,030 while the lower 10 percent earned a salary of $21,030. Most work in technical and scientific services, colleges, universities and vocational schools, organizations that advocate social reform, scientific research and development services and the executive branch of the Federal government.

The Federal government offers veterinary technicians the highest salaries, with a mean annual wage of $48,370. This wage is followed by the state government, at $40,720, employment services at $38,950, research and development a $38,230 and colleges and other educational institutions at $38,100.

Location

California has the highest number of veterinary technicians at 8,670. It is followed by Texas at 7,730, Florida at 7,140 and Pennsylvania at 3,660 and New York at 3,630 veterinary technicians. California offers the highest salary at $35,840.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for veterinary technicians is superb and is expected to rise nearly 30 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Veterinary Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $18,840 $25,750 $37,280 $26,880
Alaska $31,240 $39,990 $47,370 $39,380
Arizona $21,050 $29,700 $42,200 $30,870
Arkansas $21,120 $32,070 $48,300 $33,690
California $24,160 $35,040 $48,150 $35,840
Colorado $24,100 $30,300 $41,210 $31,350
Connecticut $25,940 $35,350 $52,680 $37,280
Delaware $26,200 $34,340 $48,750 $36,780
Florida $20,620 $27,800 $37,510 $28,470
Georgia $18,440 $28,100 $38,780 $28,630
Hawaii $20,740 $30,340 $37,010 $29,420
Idaho $21,880 $28,360 $36,990 $28,810
Illinois $21,000 $28,420 $37,870 $29,150
Indiana $19,720 $28,200 $40,650 $29,210
Iowa $20,950 $28,590 $43,180 $30,270
Kansas $24,340 $29,810 $40,340 $31,170
Kentucky $18,040 $26,680 $36,660 $26,970
Louisiana $20,190 $25,510 $44,310 $28,640
Maine $24,910 $31,840 $38,690 $31,790
Maryland $21,280 $30,660 $47,230 $33,050
Massachusetts $26,890 $35,000 $44,890 $35,340
Michigan $23,030 $32,420 $43,940 $32,830
Minnesota $24,410 $30,930 $46,270 $32,820
Mississippi $20,700 $30,180 $38,960 $30,510
Missouri $17,550 $27,850 $47,780 $29,920
Montana $21,130 $27,130 $34,770 $27,350
Nebraska $17,850 $27,570 $37,180 $27,650
Nevada $18,160 $32,640 $45,430 $31,870
New Hampshire $23,580 $31,230 $43,240 $32,150
New Jersey $21,940 $30,990 $46,250 $32,800
New Mexico $21,420 $29,200 $45,960 $31,700
New York $26,280 $35,590 $52,780 $37,150
North Carolina $20,140 $27,710 $38,330 $28,590
North Dakota $21,230 $28,760 $37,350 $29,090
Ohio $21,120 $29,260 $39,210 $30,090
Oklahoma $17,380 $24,480 $35,740 $25,360
Oregon $22,170 $33,160 $42,640 $32,560
Pennsylvania $24,440 $32,640 $47,160 $34,380
Rhode Island $21,850 $28,110 $38,230 $29,250
South Carolina $18,350 $27,900 $44,470 $30,700
South Dakota $22,070 $28,580 $40,090 $29,760
Tennessee $19,540 $25,730 $37,330 $27,330
Texas $19,480 $26,640 $38,550 $28,160
Utah $20,470 $25,840 $35,960 $26,890
Vermont $24,510 $30,020 $37,890 $30,630
Virginia $26,840 $36,630 $48,520 $37,330
Washington $26,220 $33,320 $42,240 $33,660
West Virginia $16,730 $23,410 $32,390 $23,780
Wisconsin $23,500 $32,660 $44,020 $33,090
Wyoming $20,640 $28,060 $37,900 $29,330