The median annual wage of veterinary technologists and technicians was $29,710 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,500, and the top 10 percent earned more than $44,030.
Veterinary technologists and technicians working in research positions often earn more than those in other fields. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of veterinary technologists and technicians in May 2010 were as follows:
|Colleges, universities, and professional schools;|
state, local, and private
|Scientific research and development services||36,200|
Many clinics and laboratories must be staffed 24 hours a day, so veterinary technologists and technicians may have to work evenings, weekends, or holidays.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition