Veterinarian Salary

Average Veterinarians in the United States make around $72K annually. The range in cash compensation to Veterinarians (largely between $50K and $107K) includes potential earnings of $14K from bonuses, $22K from profit sharing, and commissions of $40K in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. Although the larger part have medical coverage and roughly a third have dental coverage, approximately one in three claim no health benefits at all. Female Veterinarians make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Most Veterinarians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,726 - $100,370

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$19.99 - $65.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,726 - $100,370  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,133  
Profit Sharing
$938 - $22,000  
Commission
$2,959 - $39,732  
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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$50,236 - $107,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,782
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$19.99 - $65.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $86.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,133  
   
Commission
$2,959 - $39,732  
Profit Sharing
$938 - $22,000  
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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$50,236 - $107,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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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


Although VCA Antech boasts the highest average salary in town at $99K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $63K or as much as $126K.

VCA Animal Hospital reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $75K) but some workers make up to $133K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Ultrasound, Emergency Room, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 19 percent. Most people who know Medicine / Surgery also know General Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

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


For Veterinarians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $69K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. On average, Veterinarians make $86K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Veterinarians, New York provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), and Sacramento (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Seattle, which sits 3 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago and Denver (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

Ultrasound
up arrow 19%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 14%


up arrow 5%


Preventative Medicine
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 3%

General Surgery
up arrow 2%

National Average
$74,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 438 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 32%
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