Associate Veterinarian Salary

Pay for Associate Veterinarians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $70K per year. Total cash compensation to Associate Veterinarians approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $102K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Associate Veterinarians make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,746 - $91,873
(Median)
$50K
$70K
$92K
MEDIAN: $69,949
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50%
90%

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$29.09 - $63.95
(Median)
$29
$45
$64
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,746 - $91,873  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,130  
Profit Sharing
$1,370 - $20,426  
Commission
$1,014 - $39,448  
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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$51,355 - $102,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 559
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.09 - $63.95  
   
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.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,130  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $39,448  
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).
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$51,355 - $102,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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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. 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 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 $77K. Associate Veterinarians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $79K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Associate Veterinarian with more than 20 years of experience can earn $85K on average.

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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Acupuncture
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
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: 31%