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Associate Veterinarian Salary

Associate Veterinarians in the United States pull down an average of $70K per year. The final incomes of Associate Veterinarians generally vary between $52K and $102K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $10K, $20K, and $39K, respectively. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and location are driving factors as well. The greater part enjoy medical while just under one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-sixth. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Associate Veterinarians make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,878 - $91,445
(Median)
$50K
$70K
$91K
MEDIAN: $69,724
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$29.23 - $63.79
(Median)
$29
$45
$64
MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,878 - $91,445  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,187  
Profit Sharing
$1,381 - $20,273  
Commission
$1,500 - $38,974  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$51,570 - $101,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 592
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.23 - $63.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $110.11  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,187  
   
Commission
$1,500 - $38,974  
Profit Sharing
$1,381 - $20,273  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$51,570 - $101,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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Job Description for Associate Veterinarian

Associate veterinarian positions are available at many pet hospitals, veterinary clinics, and veterinarians' offices. Requirements for these jobs often vary based on the size of the hospital, the pay level, and demand for the position. However, educational requirements generally include a doctor of veterinary medicine degree or equivalent. Many positions also require a license with state veterinary boards, and some jobs require a license with the Drug Enforcement Agency as well. Previous veterinary experience is generally required or preferred.

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Associate Veterinarian Tasks

  • Administer vaccinations and collect samples for testing for pathogens or diseases.
  • Provide immediate treatment and care including diagnosis, prescriptions, and/or advice and behavior changes.
  • Examine animals to detect and determine health, injury, or illnesses.
  • Counsel pet owners around treatment and diagnosis, and perform euthanization when required.

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Popular Skills for Associate Veterinarian


Associate Veterinarians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Medicine / Surgery, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Acupuncture can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know Medicine / Surgery also know Acupuncture.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $77K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $79K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $85K.

Associate Veterinarian Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Associate Veterinarian in Las Vegas:
"Client Communication."
Love people, because you'll end up working with them more than animals. And have a thick skin. You'll be frustrated and tired and want to throw things sometimes, but once you find the right fit for you it'll all be worth it. And don't forget to take care of yourself. You can't help anyone if your ill or stressed out.

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Experience Affects Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Acupuncture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 31%
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