In celebration of National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, we’re excited to release our very first batch of data on relief tech rates!

Earlier in the year, we surveyed all our veterinarian and technician members. We listed a number of salary ranges and then asked: Which range best represents the average going hourly rate in the state(s) you practice? (Note: We specifically did not ask members what they charge themselves. We know people can be shy about disclosing that info, so we focused on their understanding of typical rates.)

We’ve already released two batches of much-anticipated results for you: general practice rates for vets and emergency rates for vets.

The first batch of nurse/technician results is below. The survey was sent to over 100 members and shared in relief veterinary social media groups; 115 techs weighed in on this question.

Please note: We allow participants to respond for multiple states, as they may work in multiple states. Based on the number of responses per state, it is clear that many of the 115 techs answered for more than one state.

Are the results for your state what you expected? How does your state compare to the others? Send your thoughts and comments to [email protected]!

Survey results: What’s the going rate for GP relief techs in your state?

Alabama (24 responses)

Alaska (26 responses)

Arizona (29 responses)

Arkansas (28 responses)


California (28 responses)

Colorado (23 responses)

Connecticut (19 responses)

Delaware (18 responses)

Florida (27 responses)

Georgia (19 responses)

Hawaii (16 responses)

Idaho (16 responses)

Illinois (18 responses)

Indiana (16 responses)

Iowa (15 responses)

Kansas (18 responses)

Kentucky (17 responses)

Louisiana (17 responses)

Maine (13 responses)

Maryland (16 responses)

Massachusetts (13 responses)

Michigan (14 responses)

Minnesota (15 responses)

Mississippi (12 responses)

Missouri (14 responses)

Montana (15 responses)

Nebraska (14 responses)

Nevada (14 responses)

New Hampshire (14 responses)

New Jersey (18 responses)

New Mexico (16 responses)

New York (16 responses)

North Carolina (20 responses)

North Dakota (14 responses)

Ohio (18 responses)

Oklahoma (12 responses)

Oregon (12 responses)

Pennsylvania (12 responses)

Rhode Island (15 responses)

South Carolina (13 responses)

South Dakota (15 responses)

Tennessee (13 responses)

Texas (21 responses)

Utah (14 responses)

Vermont (12 responses)

Virginia (14 responses)

Washington (24 responses)

Washington, D.C. (14 responses)

This chart was updated August 17, 2022 to include an additional response to the original 1 response.

West Virginia (15 responses)

Wisconsin (13 responses)

Wyoming (13 responses)