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Effect of an advanced degree on veterinary technician salary in the United States

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  • 1 1Moberly Area Community College, Moberly, MO 65270
  • | 2 2Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To compare the salaries of certified veterinary technicians with an associate's degree to those with a bachelor's or a master's degree.

SAMPLE

1,289 credentialed veterinary technicians in the United States.

PROCEDURES

Credentialed veterinary technicians were asked to complete an online questionnaire in the fall of 2018 administered by veterinary technician associations and accredited veterinary technology institutions. Additional links to the survey were published on various social media sources.

RESULTS

Mean ± SD hourly pay rate for all respondents was $20.24 ± 6.33. Weighted mean pay rate for those with an associate's degree was $19.93, with a bachelor's degree was $22.37, and with a master's degree was $27.55. Factors positively influencing veterinary technician salary were years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician, level of education, gender, veterinary technician specialist certification, and years worked for current employer.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE

Years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician, level of education, gender, veterinary technician specialist certification, and years with current employer affected pay rate for credentialed veterinary technicians in the United States.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To compare the salaries of certified veterinary technicians with an associate's degree to those with a bachelor's or a master's degree.

SAMPLE

1,289 credentialed veterinary technicians in the United States.

PROCEDURES

Credentialed veterinary technicians were asked to complete an online questionnaire in the fall of 2018 administered by veterinary technician associations and accredited veterinary technology institutions. Additional links to the survey were published on various social media sources.

RESULTS

Mean ± SD hourly pay rate for all respondents was $20.24 ± 6.33. Weighted mean pay rate for those with an associate's degree was $19.93, with a bachelor's degree was $22.37, and with a master's degree was $27.55. Factors positively influencing veterinary technician salary were years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician, level of education, gender, veterinary technician specialist certification, and years worked for current employer.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE

Years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician, level of education, gender, veterinary technician specialist certification, and years with current employer affected pay rate for credentialed veterinary technicians in the United States.

Supplementary Materials

    • Supplementary Appendix S1 (PDF 83 kb)

Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to Mrs. Gilliam (gilliamsn@missouri.edu).