Associate Veterinarian Salary

For Associate Veterinarians, annual average wages total $72K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. The majority of Associate Veterinarians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — roughly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-fourth. The vast majority of Associate Veterinarians (80 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$57,665 - $92,010
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$72K
$92K
MEDIAN: $71,520
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$20.50 - $63.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,665 - $92,010  
   
Bonus
$991 - $15,621  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
Commission
$2,473 - $46,540  
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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$58,755 - $101,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 353
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.50 - $63.24  
   
Overtime
$49.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$991 - $15,621  
   
Commission
$2,473 - $46,540  
Profit Sharing
$4,913  
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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$58,755 - $101,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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

  • Examine animals to detect and determine health, injury, or illnesses.
  • Counsel pet owners around treatment and diagnosis, and perform euthanization when required.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Associate Veterinarian


Survey results suggest that Associate Veterinarians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Acupuncture, Medicine / Surgery, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Preventative Medicine and Oral / Verbal Communication. Acupuncture and Medicine / Surgery are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $71K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $83K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Associate Veterinarians make a median salary of $80K. Associate Veterinarians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $84K.

Associate Veterinarian Advice

Q: What is it like working as an Associate Veterinarian?

Associate Veterinarian in Concord:
"What they don't teach you in vet school!"
Interpersonal and communication skills are vital to your patients as well as your clients. Be able to speak in laymen terms. Clients that doesn't understand you, will not listen to you. Let's be honest, some probably won't listen anyway! Be strong in client education. Promote clients to understand and research the condition and issues with their pets, but let them know that DR. GOOGLE did not go to veterinary medical school. They are paying for the exam, treatment and advice. Guide them to proper search engines and websites that provide accurate information.

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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Key Stats for Associate Veterinarian

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Late-Career
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
▼4%

Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲6%

Acupuncture
▲5%

National Average
$74,000


Oral / Verbal Communication
▼4%

Preventative Medicine
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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