Veterinarian Salary

Veterinarians in the United States can expect wages of $72K per year on average. Total incomes of Veterinarians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $14K from bonuses and close to $22K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $50K and $108K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Female Veterinarians make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and roughly a third receive dental plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,657 - $100,501
(Median)
$50K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,872
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50%
90%

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$20.11 - $65.68
(Median)
$20
$42
$66
MEDIAN: $41.00
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90%

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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
$49,657 - $100,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,262  
Profit Sharing
$938 - $22,000  
Commission
$2,891 - $39,956  
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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$50,211 - $107,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,759
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$20.11 - $65.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $78.57  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,262  
   
Commission
$2,891 - $39,956  
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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$50,211 - $107,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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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


The biggest paychecks can be found at VCA Antech — the median salary there is $99K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $63K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $126K.

VCA Animal Hospital offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $75K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $64K and $133K.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Survey results suggest that Veterinarians put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. Those educated in Medicine / Surgery tend to be well versed in General Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

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


For Veterinarians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $80K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $86K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $88K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Veterinarians, New York offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Veterinarians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Sacramento (+14 percent), and San Francisco (+13 percent). Seattle is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent.

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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%

Acupuncture
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 449 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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