Associate Veterinarian Salary

Associate Veterinarians in the United States pull down an average of $70K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Associate Veterinarians — as high as $10K, $20K and $38K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $52K to $102K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the specific employer and location are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and one-fourth earn dental coverage. Most Associate Veterinarians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Associate Veterinarians making up 73 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$50,162 - $91,264
(Median)
$50K
$70K
$91K
MEDIAN: $69,721
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$29.36 - $63.92
(Median)
$29
$46
$64
MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,162 - $91,264  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,444  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $19,866  
Commission
$1,973 - $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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$52,028 - $102,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 611
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.36 - $63.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $110.11  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,444  
   
Commission
$1,973 - $38,432  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $19,866  
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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$52,028 - $102,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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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Job skills reported by Associate Veterinarians are limited. Those who have experience with Medicine / Surgery, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Acupuncture can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Competency in Medicine / Surgery frequently indicates knowledge of Oral / Verbal Communication.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $69K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $77K. Associate Veterinarians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $80K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Associate Veterinarian generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $83K.

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
up arrow 6%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Acupuncture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 31%
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