Veterinarian Salary

An average Veterinarian in the United States can expect to take home roughly $72K annually. The final incomes of Veterinarians generally vary between $50K and $108K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $14K, $22K, and $40K, respectively. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Veterinarians making up 72 percent. For the most part, Veterinarians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and close to one-third have dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,563 - $100,560
(Median)
$50K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,766
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$20.15 - $65.90
(Median)
$20
$42
$66
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,563 - $100,560  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,219  
Profit Sharing
$938 - $22,000  
Commission
$2,500 - $40,000  
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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$50,148 - $107,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,762
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$20.15 - $65.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $84.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,219  
   
Commission
$2,500 - $40,000  
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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$50,148 - $107,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 285
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinarian


For Veterinarians, comfortable salaries can be found at VCA Antech; in fact, average earnings are around $99K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($63K versus $126K) is great.

VCA Animal Hospital offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $75K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $64K to $133K.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Survey results suggest that Veterinarians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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. It is often found that people who know Medicine / Surgery are also skilled in General Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

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


Veterinarians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $69K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $80K. Veterinarians see a median salary of $86K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Veterinarians in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Sacramento (+14 percent), and San Francisco (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Seattle.

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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 6%


Preventative Medicine
up arrow 4%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 3%

General Surgery
up arrow 3%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 3%

National Average
$74,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 456 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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