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What Is The Average Vet Tech Salary?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that veterinary technologists and technicians make $36,260 each year. The lowest 10 percent of veterinary technologists and technicians earned less than $25,520, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $52,410.

A chart showing the average salary for vet techs.

How Much Do Vet Techs Make Per Hour? 

Veterinary technicians make $17.43 per hour, according to the BLS

Where Can Vet Techs Earn The Most? 

Colleges and universities pay veterinary technicians the most. They pay $41,980 per year compared to an average of $36,260 per year for the profession as a whole. 

Where Can I Find Open Vet Tech Positions? 

Colleges, universities, veterinary service providers and non-profits all employ veterinary technicians. For vet tech jobs in your area, check out HealthJob’s vet tech job board

How Much Do Vet Techs Earn in Each State?

The table below compares veterinary technologist and technician salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of veterinary technologists and technicians in each state as well as the number of veterinary technologists and technicians per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have employment statistics. 

Veterinary Technologist Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
Nevada
$48,360
610
0.490
California
$46,370
8950
0.545
District of Columbia
$45,740
160
0.235
Virginia
$44,740
2180
0.589
Massachusetts
$44,590
3150
0.941
Alaska
$43,880
220
0.751
Connecticut
$42,980
1460
0.948
New York
$42,730
4350
0.501
Washington
$41,150
2230
0.697
New Jersey
$39,230
2930
0.775
Rhode Island
$38,230
430
0.973
New Hampshire
$37,850
950
1.527
Colorado
$37,590
3450
1.337
Hawaii
$37,370
210
0.364
Minnesota
$37,370
3200
1.182
Illinois
$37,200
3850
0.684
Oregon
$36,930
1350
0.745
Nebraska
$36,780
550
0.581
Maine
$36,610
750
1.305
Maryland
$36,440
2830
1.121
Michigan
$36,260
2840
0.724
Arizona
$36,180
2410
0.849
Ohio
$35,650
3870
0.753
Wisconsin
$35,550
2400
0.887
North Carolina
$35,470
3570
0.832
New Mexico
$35,320
680
0.859
South Dakota
$35,320
240
0.578
Pennsylvania
$35,110
4670
0.847
Vermont
$35,090
480
1.699
Florida
$34,590
9460
1.120
Indiana
$34,510
1890
0.648
North Dakota
$34,450
310
0.783
Kansas
$34,210
1120
0.843
Georgia
$33,850
3440
0.798
South Carolina
$33,850
2110
1.045
Iowa
$33,550
970
0.663
Delaware
$33,070
400
0.943
Mississippi
$32,890
390
0.360
Idaho
$32,520
660
0.917
Wyoming
$32,370
220
0.858
Montana
$32,210
540
1.176
Oklahoma
$32,060
930
0.594
Texas
$31,360
12480
1.031
West Virginia
$31,170
430
0.661
Arkansas
$31,050
510
0.437
Utah
$30,990
1210
0.811
Kentucky
$30,840
1440
0.811
Missouri
$30,730
1630
0.607
Alabama
$29,440
1060
0.559
Tennessee
$27,760
1980
0.682
Louisiana
$26,680
1350
0.749
Puerto Rico
$19,370
150
0.182