Veterinarian Salary

Earnings for Veterinarians in the United States come in at around $71K per year on average. Total incomes of Veterinarians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $13K from bonuses and close to $24K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $50K and $107K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and years of experience. Most Veterinarians survey respondents are women (72 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Veterinarians. Some workers in this field — about one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by nearly one in three. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,353 - $100,062
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,259
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90%

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$20.51 - $65.65
(Median)
$21
$41
$66
MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,353 - $100,062  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,088  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $23,672  
Commission
$2,061 - $39,149  
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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$50,016 - $106,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,717
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$20.51 - $65.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $91.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,088  
   
Commission
$2,061 - $39,149  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $23,672  
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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$50,016 - $106,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279

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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


Although VCA Antech boasts the highest average salary in town at $95K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $63K or as much as $128K.

Offering a median salary of only $75K, VCA Animal Hospital pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $64K to $133K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Veterinarians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Ultrasound, Emergency Room (ER), and Emergency Medicine are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 15 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Medicine / Surgery also tend to 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $69K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. For Veterinarians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $86K. 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 $87K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Veterinarians, 26 percent above the national average. Veterinarians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), Sacramento (+12 percent), and Charlotte (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Seattle. Employers in Pittsburgh and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

Ultrasound
up arrow 22%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 15%


up arrow 8%



Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 4%

General Surgery
up arrow 4%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 4%

National Average
$74,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 547 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 32%