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Veterinarian Salary

Veterinarians in the United States take home approximately $72K annually on average. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Veterinarians — as high as $14K, $24K and $40K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $50K to $107K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Veterinarians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Veterinarians survey respondents are women (72 percent). While some workers in this profession — roughly a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and nearly one-third have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,459 - $100,312
(Median)
$49K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,572
10%
50%
90%

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$20.33 - $66.04
(Median)
$20
$42
$66
MEDIAN: $42.00
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50%
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
$49,459 - $100,312  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,088  
Profit Sharing
$965 - $23,834  
Commission
$2,948 - $39,777  
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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$50,110 - $107,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,721
National Hourly Rate 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$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$20.33 - $66.04  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $79.66  
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 - $14,088  
   
Commission
$2,948 - $39,777  
Profit Sharing
$965 - $23,834  
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).
)
$50,110 - $107,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278

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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


Employees of VCA Antech can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $95K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $63K to $126K.

Employees of VCA Animal Hospital can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $75K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $64K to $133K.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Veterinarians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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, 14 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those educated in General Surgery tend to be well versed in Preventative Medicine and Internal Medicine.

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. 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. Veterinarians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $88K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Veterinarians, New York offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+22 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), Sacramento (+8 percent), and Charlotte (+8 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Seattle (6 percent lower) and Portland (3 percent lower).

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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 14%


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 504 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
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%
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