Associate Veterinarian Salary

Associate Veterinarians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $73K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Associate Veterinarians can bottom out near $60K or peak near $102K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the individual firm. A majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in four collect dental insurance. The majority of Associate Veterinarians claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Associate Veterinarians who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 80 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$58,350 - $92,357
$58K
$73K
$92K
MEDIAN: $72,761
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$26.02 - $63.02
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$63
MEDIAN: $43.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,350 - $92,357  
   
Bonus
$979 - $16,485  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,727  
Commission
$2,700 - $30,521  
Total Pay (?
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$59,701 - $102,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 323
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$26.02 - $63.02  
   
Overtime
$45.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$979 - $16,485  
   
Commission
$2,700 - $30,521  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,727  
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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$59,701 - $102,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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

  • Examine animals to detect and determine health, injury, or illnesses.
  • Counsel pet owners around treatment and diagnosis, and perform euthanization when required.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Associate Veterinarian


Associate Veterinarians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Acupuncture, Medicine / Surgery, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Preventative Medicine and Oral / Verbal Communication. Experience with Acupuncture is often linked with knowledge of Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian

Pay by Experience for an Associate Veterinarian has a positive trend. An entry-level Associate Veterinarian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 234 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Associate Veterinarian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 73 salaries. An experienced Associate Veterinarian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 54 salaries. An Associate Veterinarian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 39 salaries.

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Key Stats for Associate Veterinarian

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲9%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$76,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲4%

Acupuncture
▲3%

National Average
$76,000


Oral / Verbal Communication
▼6%

Preventative Medicine
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 31%