Associate Veterinarian Salary

For Associate Veterinarians, annual average wages total $71K per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $11K, $20K, and $37K, respectively — total cash payment to Associate Veterinarians can bottom out near $52K or top out at around $102K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and geographic location. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and close to a fourth earn dental coverage. Most Associate Veterinarians report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Associate Veterinarians making up 73 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$50,427 - $91,884
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$50K
$71K
$92K
MEDIAN: $70,527
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$27.15 - $63.27
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$27
$45
$63
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,427 - $91,884  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,009  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $20,203  
Commission
$1,030 - $36,844  
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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$52,269 - $102,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$27.15 - $63.27  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $110.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,009  
   
Commission
$1,030 - $36,844  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $20,203  
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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$52,269 - $102,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Acupuncture, Medicine / Surgery, and Oral / Verbal Communication can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people experienced in 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.


Associate Veterinarians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $70K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $78K. Associate Veterinarians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $81K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $84K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Associate Veterinarian Advice

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

Associate Veterinarian in Concord:
"What they don't teach you in vet school!"
Interpersonal and communication skills are vital to your patients as well as your clients. Be able to speak in laymen terms. Clients that doesn't understand you, will not listen to you. Let's be honest, some probably won't listen anyway! Be strong in client education. Promote clients to understand and research the condition and issues with their pets, but let them know that DR. GOOGLE did not go to veterinary medical school. They are paying for the exam, treatment and advice. Guide them to proper search engines and websites that provide accurate information.

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 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Acupuncture
up arrow 8%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

National Average
$74,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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