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Associate Veterinarian Salary

Associate Veterinarians in the United States take home an average $70K annually. With bonuses occasionally running north of $10K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $20K, and a few commissions as high as $38K, total income for Associate Veterinarians can range between $52K and $102K according to individual performance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Associate Veterinarians. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and nearly one in four earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Associate Veterinarians making up 72 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$49,523 - $92,676
(Median)
$50K
$70K
$93K
MEDIAN: $70,153
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$28.34 - $62.72
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$43
$63
MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,523 - $92,676  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,117  
Profit Sharing
$1,370 - $20,426  
Commission
$2,923 - $38,432  
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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$51,562 - $102,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.34 - $62.72  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $67.39  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,117  
   
Commission
$2,923 - $38,432  
Profit Sharing
$1,370 - $20,426  
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).
)
$51,562 - $102,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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


Survey takers who work as Associate Veterinarians typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Medicine / Surgery, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Acupuncture can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Acupuncture. 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.


Associate Veterinarians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 $76K. On average, Associate Veterinarians make $79K following 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 $88K.

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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

National Average
$73,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Acupuncture
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 32%