Veterinarian Salary

An average Veterinarian in the United States can expect to take home roughly $73K annually. Total cash earnings of Veterinarians range from $50K on the low end to $109K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $20K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Job satisfaction for Veterinarians is high. Although a majority have medical coverage and around one in three have dental coverage, about one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most Veterinarians survey respondents are women (74 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,036 - $101,057
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,709
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$19.41 - $67.67
(Median)
$19
$43
$68
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,036 - $101,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,764  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $20,494  
Commission
$2,054 - $39,732  
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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$50,476 - $109,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$19.41 - $67.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59  
Overtime
$0.43 - $96.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,764  
   
Commission
$2,054 - $39,732  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $20,494  
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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$50,476 - $109,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 357
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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

  • 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


Many Veterinarians can be found at Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, VCA Animal Hospital, Veterinary Office, and Vetcor, firms that are at the top of the field. VCA Antech offers the largest salaries in town ($98K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $64K to $124K.

Offering a median of only $73K, VCA Animal Hospital pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $64K on the lower end and $133K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Survey takers working as Veterinarians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Ultrasound, Emergency Room, Chiropractic Techniques, and Emergency Medicine are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include veterinarian. 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.


For many Veterinarians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $70K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $80K. Veterinarians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $90K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,355

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Veterinarians, 26 percent higher than the national average. Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), and Sacramento (+6 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average. Portland and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

Veterinarian Reviews

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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Experience Affects Veterinarian Salaries




National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

Ultrasound
up arrow 18%

Emergency Room (ER)
up arrow 12%

Chiropractic Techniques
up arrow 12%


Acupuncture
up arrow 4%

Surgery
up arrow 3%

Medicine / Surgery
up arrow 2%

Preventative Medicine
up arrow 2%

Internal Medicine
up arrow 2%

General Surgery
up arrow 1%

National Average
$75,000

veterinarian
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 410 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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