A Veterinarian earns an average salary of $68,996 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Emergency Medicine, Surgery, and Preventative Medicine.
Veterinarian Total Pay (?
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$47,827 - $98,819
(Median)
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99K
MEDIAN: $68,996
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Veterinarian Total Pay (?
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$16.54 - $64.28
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,827 - $98,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,515  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $19,347  
Commission
$667 - $34,157  
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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$48,261 - $105,862  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,881
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$16.54 - $64.28  
   
Overtime
$1.74 - $96.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,515  
   
Commission
$667 - $34,157  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $19,347  
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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$48,261 - $105,862  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,881
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Job Description for Veterinarian
The main task of a veterinarian is to examine animals to detect and determine their health status as well as diagnose any injuries or illnesses they may be afflicted with. A veterinarian must then be capable of providing treatment, advice, and/or prescriptions to treat whatever may be ailing the sick animal. If a veterinarian is unable to treat the animal himself or herself, then he or she must be able to refer the pet's owner to a specialist who can treat the animal. In addition to treating the animal, a veterinarian must be able to professionally interact with the pet's owner(s). He or she must be able to counsel pet owners regarding the best form of treatment, as well as provide calm assistance during difficult times for a family who may have to euthanize their pet.
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$72,000
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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries

National Average
$72,000

Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

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Gender
Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 32%
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