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Average Veterinary & Animal Health Technologist & Technician Salary in Canada
The table below details the hourly wages for Veterinary and Animal Health Technologists and Technicians.
The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3213.
Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: veterinary technician, veterinary technologist, veterinary assistant and animal care technician.
According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Alberta at $22.78 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia at $16.00 per hour.
A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $32,000 – $45,000.
Employment prospects for veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians are fair in Canada. The government forecasts that the arrival of new medical technologies and techniques, as well as the introduction of more advanced equipment, will require more technologists. However This occupational grouping is extremely popular among school leavers, creating a surplus of workers.
Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Veterinary & Animal Health Technologists & Technicians in Canada
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|Calgary – Alberta*(1)||15.19||22.78||25.00||2019|
|Edmonton – Alberta*(1)||15.19||22.78||25.00||2019|
|Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia||14.00||16.00||20.89||2018|
|Winnipeg – Manitoba(1)||13.00||18.50||35.90||2018|
|Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(3)||13.70||18.00||25.30||2018|
|Halifax – Nova Scotia||12.69||16.15||49.23||2018|
|Toronto – Ontario||14.00||19.00||20.00||2018|
|Ottawa – Ontario||14.00||16.75||22.00||2018|
|Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario||14.00||17.50||25.96||2018|
|London – Ontario||14.00||17.50||25.96||2018|
|Prince Edward Island||15.00||18.50||25.64||2018|
|Montreal – Quebec||12.50||16.40||23.08||2018|
|Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan||14.50||18.00||23.48||2018|
The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes veterinary and animal health technologists and technicians, is $29.87. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,094 giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $57,000.
Registration with provincial animal health technologists’ or veterinary technicians’/technologists’ associations is mandatory in some provinces.
There are over 20,000 animal health technologists and veterinary technicians / technologists working in Canada.