So how would you determine this competitive wage? We're talking an entry level job that requires a high school diploma. So I don't think a low starting wage is unreasonable. And as for raises... when you start out with a low hourly wage, even a modest yearly raise won't take you that far. If you start out at $10/hr and you get a 4% raise, it'll take like 10 years to get to $14/hr and 19 year to get to $20/hr. Heck, I worked for the largest private employer in MA, and I only got a 2% raise.... which I was told was standard for hourlies. On a $14.50/hr wage... that amounted to like $600 on my GROSS income . So I wouldn't say that this kind of close-to-nothing raise is abnormally wrong and greedy per se. And if what techs aren't being paid now isn't competitive, where is that money coming form? Sure, if you have a profitable clinic with money to spare, then there's a way to pay the hourlies more. But even then, I don't think it's fair to say that a practice owner should share all the profits with the "hired help." The practice owner carries all the risks and invests into the practice, techs don't. The techs get to go home everyday with a promised amount of cash in hand, not to have to worry about work until the next day (and if they do, they are legally bound to be paid for it). The owner on the other hand is not guaranteed any pay, AND if the practice isn't flourishing, it's up to them to worry and do something about it 24/7. The few vets I've worked with have all had incentive programs for their staff and gave bonuses when practice goals have been met. I think it's great to reward staff for helping to invest in the business, but I don't think it's wrong at all for a practice owner to take home a disproportionately bigger slice of the pie. And this is coming from someone who is probably going to be an associate and never an owner. Anyhoos, that's a conversation to be had ONLY IF the clinic is booming and has extra income to spare after everyone's been paid AND any updates/new equipment are brought in to improve the practice. There are plenty of clinics out there where the owner goes for months to years without taking home any pay because there's none left after all the techs and staff and bills get paid. And finally there's that pesky supply and demand thing. People become techs because they want to work with animals. As long as that work is attractive enough to bring in enough resumes of potential hires at a low wage (whether it's by choice or because they really can't afford to pay anymore), then nothing is going to change. If you want more pay, you can always go and become a truck driver or something. That being said, I doubt a majority of clinic owners purposely underpay their techs just because they mother-effing can.