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Associate Veterinarian Salary

Average Associate Veterinarians in the United States make around $70K annually. Total cash earnings of Associate Veterinarians range from $52K on the low end to $102K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $20K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the specific employer and geography are influential factors as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Associate Veterinarians making up 73 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to the larger part, and just under a third earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,858 - $91,486
(Median)
$50K
$70K
$91K
MEDIAN: $69,773
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$29.23 - $63.79
(Median)
$29
$45
$64
MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$49,858 - $91,486  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,136  
Profit Sharing
$1,381 - $20,273  
Commission
$1,030 - $39,141  
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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$51,538 - $101,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.23 - $63.79  
   
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 - $10,136  
   
Commission
$1,030 - $39,141  
Profit Sharing
$1,381 - $20,273  
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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$51,538 - $101,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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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


Typical Associate Veterinarians report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Medicine / Surgery, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Acupuncture can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in Medicine / Surgery indicates knowledge of Acupuncture.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian

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


Associate Veterinarians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $69K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $77K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Associate Veterinarians make $79K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $85K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Acupuncture
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 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
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 30%
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