Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for veterinary technicians was $35,320 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,540 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $51,230.
The top paying industry was junior colleges, colleges, universities and professional schools, where the median annual salary was $40,990. This was followed by veterinary services ($34,990) and then social advocacy organizations ($34,980).
Autonomy and flexibility
Veterinary technicians will have some control over their decisions, and thus feel some autonomy. However, ultimately they work under a licensed veterinarian, so all final decisions are down to them. Or, of course, the pet owner will always have the final say.
Veterinary technicians can have the opportunity to work part time, meaning there is the opportunity to have a more flexible schedule.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a veterinarian, based on average annual salary and number of job opportunities available, are:
- Maine, where the average annual salary is $39,038
- West Virginia, where the average annual salary is $38,875
- Indiana, where the average annual salary is $35,335
- New York, where the average annual salary is $43,367
- Kansas, where the average annual salary is $36,598
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Georgia, Washington, Texas, Montana and Louisiana.
The largest employed of veterinary technicians in the United States was veterinary services, which employed 90% of all veterinarians. 4% of veterinary technicians were employed by junior colleges, colleges, universities and professional schools. A further 2% are employed by social advocacy organizations.
The work of a veterinary technician can be incredibly emotionally demanding. They may have to care for abused animals, aid in the euthanasia sick ones and offer support to pet owners. Veterinary technicians are also at risk of being bitten, kicked and scratched by distressed (or mean!) animals.