The average Veterinarian in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $74K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $24K, respectively — total cash payment to Veterinarians can bottom out near $51K or peak near $111K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. While some workers in this profession — around one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and roughly a third have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Veterinarians survey respondents are women (75 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,568 - $101,902
(Median)
$52K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $74,130
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$13.47 - $69.29
(Median)
$13
$43
$69
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,568 - $101,902  
   
Bonus
$491.63 - $15,031  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $24,240  
Commission
$2,007 - $48,408  
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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$51,199 - $110,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,509
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $69.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$6.70 - $80.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$491.63 - $15,031  
   
Commission
$2,007 - $48,408  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $24,240  
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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$51,199 - $110,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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Job Description for Veterinarian

A veterinarian performs a wide variety of services related to animal health; the work is usually done at a private practice, though it can occur at a facility such as an animal care and control center or a zoo. Some common services that are performed by veterinarians are check ups, vaccinations, administering medicine, spaying and neutering, and other surgeries. For veterinarians who work with pets, the veterinarian communicates regularly with owners on how to best provide care and discusses any needed services such as surgery or medication. Preventative care is an important part of the job to ensure long-term animal health. Other services may be offered by the facility where the veterinarian practices (such as grooming), and though veterinarians do not typically perform these services, they may recommend them. A veterinarian also has management duties, overseeing assistants who help them carry out some tasks.

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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 Employer Salaries for Veterinarian


Veterinarians fill the offices of leading firms Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, VCA Animal Hospital, Veterinary Office, and Animal Clinic Inc. Vca, Antech, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $97K on average. Veterinarians will also find cushy salaries at VCA Antech (+$94K), Vetcor (+$86K), and Veterinary Office (+$84K).

Also approaching the lower end are VCA Animal Hospital at $75K, Animal Clinic Inc at $81K, and Banfield, The Pet Hospital at $83K.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Survey takers working as Veterinarians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Research, Emergency Room, veterinarian, and Emergency Medicine are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Chiropractic Techniques and Rehabilitation. For most people, competency in Medicine / Surgery indicates knowledge of General Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

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


For Veterinarians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $71K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $92K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,580

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Veterinarians, 27 percent above the national average. Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Seattle (4 percent lower) and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

Veterinarian Reviews

What is it like working as a Veterinarian?

Veterinarian in Lincoln:
"Veterinarian."
Pros: Work flexibility, working with people, meaningful work, work with animals, preventative care, detective work.
Cons: Getting bitten, getting a zoonotic disease.

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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

Clinical Research
up arrow 13%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 10%


Ultrasound
up arrow 6%

veterinarian
up arrow 6%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 2%

General Surgery
up arrow 2%

Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$77,000

Dentistry
up arrow 1%

Acupuncture
up arrow 2%

Exotics
up arrow 2%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 7%

Chiropractic Techniques
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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