Associate Veterinarian Salary (United States)

51 percent of Associate Veterinarians report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $73,513 per year on average. Pay ranges from $51,523 on the low end to $102,604 per year on the higher side. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Associate Veterinarians—as high as $10,253, $22K and $37K, respectively—each contribute to the degree of variability within cash compensation, ranging from $49,484 to $93,197. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; a majority claim both medical and dental insurance and 15 percent get vision coverage. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Associate Veterinarians making up 73 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Associate Veterinarian Salary (?
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$49,484 - $93,197
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MEDIAN: $70,099
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Associate Veterinarian Salary (?
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$28.13 - $63.02
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,484 - $93,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,253  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $21,500  
Commission
$2,027 - $37,480  
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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$51,523 - $102,604  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 462
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.13 - $63.02  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $67.39  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,253  
   
Commission
$2,027 - $37,480  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $21,500  
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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$51,523 - $102,604  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Associate Veterinarians, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. At career start, salaries are typically $69K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $81K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Associate Veterinarians and pay is expected at $89K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$74,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%
National Average
$74,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 33%
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