Veterinarian Salary

Veterinarians in the United States can expect wages of $73K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Veterinarians bottoms out near $50K and approaches $109K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by approximately one in three. Most Veterinarians survey respondents are women (74 percent). Job satisfaction for Veterinarians is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,036 - $101,057
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,709
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50%
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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


Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Antech, VCA Animal Hospital, Veterinary Office, and Vetcor are all popular places to work. Although VCA Antech boasts the highest average salary in town at $98K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $64K or as much as $124K.

For Veterinarians, below-average salaries can be found at VCA Animal Hospital; in fact, average earnings are around $73K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($64K versus $133K) is great.

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Veterinarians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include veterinarian. For most people, competency in Medicine / Surgery indicates knowledge of General Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Veterinarians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $70K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $80K. Veterinarians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $90K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,355

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For those looking to make money, Veterinarians in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above 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). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (3 percent lower) and Seattle (2 percent lower).

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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