Associate Veterinarian Salary

Associate Veterinarians in the United States take home an average $70K annually. Total cash compensation to Associate Veterinarians approaches anywhere from $52K 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. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the specific employer and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. More than half enjoy medical while roughly one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one in six. Job satisfaction for Associate Veterinarians is high. Most Associate Veterinarians survey respondents are women (73 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,192 - $91,405

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$29.48 - $63.80

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,192 - $91,405  
   
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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$52,115 - $102,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 614
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.48 - $63.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $110.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$52,115 - $102,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Medicine / Surgery to be familiar with Oral / Verbal Communication as well.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $69K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $77K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $80K. Associate Veterinarians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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
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Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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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 83 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: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 31%
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