Veterinarian Salary

Average Veterinarians in the United States make around $74K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $24K, respectively — total cash payment to Veterinarians can bottom out near $51K or peak near $113K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Most Veterinarians report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Veterinarians making up 74 percent. Although more than half have medical coverage and about a third have dental coverage, approximately one in three claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,001 - $102,795
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$74K
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MEDIAN: $74,453
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$13.17 - $69.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,001 - $102,795  
   
Bonus
$501 - $14,772  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $24,361  
Commission
$2,003 - $41,562  
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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$51,481 - $112,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,394
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $69.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.61  
Overtime
$4.98 - $80.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$501 - $14,772  
   
Commission
$2,003 - $41,562  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $24,361  
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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$51,481 - $112,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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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

  • Examine animals to detect and determine health, injury, or illnesses.
  • Counsel pet owners around treatment and diagnosis, and perform euthanization when required.
  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinarian


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Veterinarians include Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and Animal Clinic Inc. National Veterinary Associates attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $101K. Vca, Antech, Inc., VCA Antech, and Pet Vet Animal Hospital also offer top salaries for Veterinarians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $97K, $91K, and $88K, respectively.

Workers at VCA Animal Hospital, Animal Clinic Inc, and Banfield, The Pet Hospital also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $75K, $78K, and $84K respectively.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with veterinarian, Clinical Research, and Emergency Room (ER) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Chiropractic Techniques, Rehabilitation, and Exotics. For most people, competency in Medicine / Surgery indicates knowledge of General Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $82K. Veterinarians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $87K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $93K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,926

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Veterinarians, 28 percent above the national average. Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+11 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 2 percent less in Seattle and 1 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Veterinarian Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Veterinarian?

Veterinarian in Lincoln:
`"$Veterinarian."`
Pros: Work flexibility, working with people, meaningful work, work with animals, preventative care, detective work.
Cons: Getting bitten, getting a zoonotic disease.

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Key Stats for Veterinarian

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 224 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries

▲21%

▲13%

▲6%

National Average
$77,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

veterinarian
▲26%

Clinical Research
▲12%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲10%


Ultrasound
▲4%



▲2%



National Average
$77,000

Dentistry
▼1%

▼2%

Exotics
▼4%

Rehabilitation
▼7%

Chiropractic Techniques
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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