Salaries for Canine Rehabilitation Therapists

by Chris Newton; Updated September 26, 2017
Canine rehabilitation therapists provide rehabilitation including physical therapy.

Canine rehabilitation therapists work with dogs that may have suffered an injury or illness to prevent further problems or aid during the recovery and rehabilitation process. Canine rehabilitation therapists are also known as canine physical rehabilitation specialists. The job of a canine rehabilitation therapist falls under the broader career category of veterinary technologists and technicians, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS). Salaries vary by education level and employer, among other factors.

Employment and Mean Wage Estimate

According to BLS reports, veterinary technologists and technicians held an estimated 79,870 jobs in May of 2010. The mean hourly wage for this occupation was $14.92, and the mean annual wage for this occupation was $31,030.

Hourly Wage

The median hourly wage for veterinary technologists and technicians was $14.28 in 2010, according to the BLS. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an hourly wage of $9.85 or less, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned an hourly wage of $11.77 or less. The highest paid 25 percent earned an hourly wage of $17.45 or more, while the highest paid 10 percent earned an hourly wage of $27.17 or more.

Annual Salary

The median annual wage for veterinary technologists and technicians was $29,710 in 2010, according to the BLS. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an annual salary of $20,500 or less, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned an annual salary of $24,480 or less. The highest paid 25 percent earned $36,300 or more, while the highest paid 10 percent earned an annual salary of $44,030 or more.

Geographical Location

The salaries for canine rehabilitation therapist and other professions falling under the broader category of veterinary technologists and technicians vary by geographical location of employment. The state of Connecticut was reported by the BLS to be the top paying state for this occupation in 2010, with an hourly mean wage of $17.64 and annual salary of $36,680. The state of New York comes a close second, with a reported hourly wage of $17.57 and annual mean wage of $36,540. Mississippi was the lowest paying state, with an hourly mean wage of $12.08 and annual salary of $25,120.

2016 Salary Information for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Veterinary technologists and technicians earned a median annual salary of $32,490 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, veterinary technologists and technicians earned a 25th percentile salary of $26,870, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $38,950, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 102,000 people were employed in the U.S. as veterinary technologists and technicians.

About the Author

Chris Newton has worked as a professional writer since 2001. He spent two years writing software specifications then spent three years as a technical writer for Microsoft before turning to copywriting for software and e-commerce companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado.

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