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Associate Veterinarian Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, close to one-half of Associate Veterinarians report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $70K annually on average. Cash earnings of Associate Veterinarians — including $10K in bonuses, $22K in profit sharing proceeds, and $37K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $52K to approximately $103K depending on individual performance. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and nearly one-fourth earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Associate Veterinarians making up 73 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Associate Veterinarian Salary (?
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$49,484 - $93,197
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MEDIAN: $70,099
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Associate Veterinarian Salary (?
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$28.13 - $63.02
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,484 - $93,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,253  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $21,500  
Commission
$2,027 - $37,480  
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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$51,523 - $102,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 462
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.13 - $63.02  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $67.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,253  
   
Commission
$2,027 - $37,480  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $21,500  
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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$51,523 - $102,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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Associate Veterinarians report a narrow range of specific skills. Medicine / Surgery and Oral / Verbal Communication are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Oral / Verbal Communication is a skill commonly found among those who know Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Associate Veterinarians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $69K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $77K. Associate Veterinarians see a median salary of $81K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $89K. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around one in ten.

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Experience Affects Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$74,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%
National Average
$74,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 33%