Veterinarian Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Veterinarian is $70,046 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Emergency Room (ER), Emergency Medicine, Acupuncture, and Surgery.
Veterinarian Salary (?
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$48,493 - $99,381
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MEDIAN: $70,046
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Veterinarian Salary (?
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$20.30 - $64.45
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,493 - $99,381  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,379  
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $23,489  
Commission
$618 - $34,844  
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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$49,196 - $106,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,796
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$20.30 - $64.45  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $92.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,379  
   
Commission
$618 - $34,844  
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $23,489  
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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$49,196 - $106,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 292
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

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Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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Charlotte
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Phoenix
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Tampa
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Atlanta
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Sacramento
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National Average
$73,000
Chicago
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Seattle
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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries

National Average
$73,000

Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

Emergency Room (ER)
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National Average
$73,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 771 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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