Associate Veterinarian Salary

Associate Veterinarians in the United States take home an average $70K per year. Overall incomes of Associate Veterinarians — including $10K bonuses, $20K profit sharing proceeds, and $39K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $52K and $102K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the company and geographic location. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Associate Veterinarians. The larger part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-fourth collect dental insurance. Most Associate Veterinarians survey respondents are women (73 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$50,025 - $91,345
(Median)
$50K
$70K
$91K
MEDIAN: $69,738
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$29.36 - $63.92
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$29
$46
$64
MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,025 - $91,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,444  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $19,866  
Commission
$1,957 - $38,619  
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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$51,767 - $102,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 607
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.36 - $63.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $110.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,444  
   
Commission
$1,957 - $38,619  
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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$51,767 - $102,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Associate Veterinarians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Medicine / Surgery, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Acupuncture can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Oral / Verbal Communication is a skill commonly found among those who know Medicine / Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian

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


For Associate Veterinarians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $69K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $77K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Associate Veterinarians make a median salary of $80K. As Associate Veterinarians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
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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
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 31%
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