Associate Veterinarian Salary

Pay for Associate Veterinarians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $71K annually. In the world of Associate Veterinarians, total cash compensation can vary between $52K and $102K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $11K and $20K, respectively. While the specific employer and geographic location impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Most Associate Veterinarians survey respondents are women (73 percent). The larger part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in four collect dental insurance. For the most part, Associate Veterinarians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$50,427 - $91,884
(Median)
$50K
$71K
$92K
MEDIAN: $70,527
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$27.15 - $63.27
(Median)
$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


Job skills reported by Associate Veterinarians are limited. Those who have experience with Acupuncture, Medicine / Surgery, and Oral / Verbal Communication can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication. It is often found that people who know Medicine / Surgery are also skilled in Acupuncture.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian

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


For Associate Veterinarians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $70K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $78K. On average, Associate Veterinarians make $81K following one to two decades on the job. 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 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
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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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