Pay for Veterinarians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $74K per year. Total cash compensation to Veterinarians approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $112K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $25K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. For the most part, Veterinarians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a majority have medical coverage and one-third have dental coverage, close to one-third claim no health benefits at all. Most Veterinarians survey respondents are women (74 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,642 - $102,492
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MEDIAN: $74,269
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$13.39 - $70.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,642 - $102,492  
   
Bonus
$501 - $14,979  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $25,168  
Commission
$1,983 - $45,775  
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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$51,223 - $112,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,509
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $70.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$5.07 - $80.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$501 - $14,979  
   
Commission
$1,983 - $45,775  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $25,168  
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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$51,223 - $112,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 328

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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


Veterinarians flock to Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, VCA Animal Hospital, Veterinary Office, and Animal Clinic Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Vca, Antech, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $97K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider VCA Antech, Pet Vet Animal Hospital, and Vetcor, top-paying firms where Veterinarians rake in a respectable $93K, $88K, or $86K, respectively.

VCA Animal Hospital, Animal Clinic Inc, and National Veterinary Associates also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $76K, $76K, and $81K.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Veterinarians seem to wield many skills on the job. 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, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Chiropractic Techniques, Rehabilitation, and Exotics. The majority of those who know Medicine / Surgery also know General Surgery.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $72K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Veterinarians make a median salary of $88K. 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 $94K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,738

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With a pay rate for Veterinarians that is 28 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Veterinarians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Seattle and Tampa (4 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 229 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries




National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

veterinarian
up arrow 26%

Clinical Research
up arrow 13%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 10%


Ultrasound
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National Average
$77,000

Dentistry
up arrow 1%


Exotics
up arrow 4%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 6%

Chiropractic Techniques
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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