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Veterinarian Salary (United States)

For Veterinarians, annual average wages total $70K per year. Cash earnings for Veterinarians — which occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $21K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $107K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in three lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and nearly one in three have dental, too. Most Veterinarians survey respondents are women (72 percent). Most Veterinarians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Veterinarian Salary (?
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$48,790 - $99,690
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MEDIAN: $70,490
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Veterinarian Salary (?
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$20.30 - $65.36
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MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,790 - $99,690  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,374  
Profit Sharing
$962 - $20,608  
Commission
$621 - $35,117  
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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$49,394 - $106,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,737
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$20.30 - $65.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $84.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,374  
   
Commission
$621 - $35,117  
Profit Sharing
$962 - $20,608  
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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$49,394 - $106,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 286
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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.

Veterinarian Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinarian

The biggest paychecks can be found at Veterinary Office — the median salary there is $81K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $40K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $107K.
Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $131K, VCA Animal Hospital still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $75K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Emergency Room, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, and Acupuncture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. Those familiar with General Surgery also tend to know Preventative Medicine and Internal Medicine.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $68K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $80K. Veterinarians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $85K. Veterinarians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $86K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$73,000
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
With a pay rate for Veterinarians that is 26 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Veterinarians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), and Charlotte (+7 percent). In Austin, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Chicago (6 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries

National Average
$73,000

Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

Emergency Room (ER)
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General Surgery
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National Average
$73,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 668 votes.

Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 32%