The average Associate Veterinarian in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $71K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority (80 percent) of Associate Veterinarians who took the survey are female. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one in four get dental coverage, too. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$57,738 - $89,334
(Median)
$58K
$71K
$89K
MEDIAN: $70,508
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$26.40 - $63.99
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$26
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$64
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$57,738 - $89,334  
   
Bonus
$986 - $15,344  
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
Commission
$2,349 - $31,094  
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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$58,541 - $99,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$26.40 - $63.99  
   
Overtime
$49.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$986 - $15,344  
   
Commission
$2,349 - $31,094  
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
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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$58,541 - $99,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Preventative Medicine. It is not unusual for someone who knows Acupuncture to be familiar with Medicine / Surgery as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Veterinarian

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $70K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. Associate Veterinarians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $78K. Associate Veterinarians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $82K.

Associate Veterinarian Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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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Experience Affects Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Associate Veterinarian Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 8%

Acupuncture
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
0%

National Average
$73,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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