Veterinarian Salary

Veterinarians in the United States take home approximately $75K annually on average. In the world of Veterinarians, total cash compensation ranges from $52K on the lower end to $114K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $15K and profit sharing that approaches $28K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $44K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Nearly one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and roughly a third claim dental coverage as well. Female Veterinarians make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Job satisfaction for Veterinarians is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,304 - $103,389
$53K
$75K
$100K
MEDIAN: $75,120
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$14.06 - $69.93
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MEDIAN: $44.29
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$0$114K
Salary $53,304 - $103,389
Bonus $501 - $15,232
Profit Sharing $1,085 - $27,500
Commission $2,000 - $44,491
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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$52,234 - $114,459
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,441
Hourly Data $0$81
Hourly Rate $14.06 - $69.93
Hourly Tips $0.63
Overtime $4.91 - $81.24
Annual Data $0$114K
Bonus $501 - $15,232
Commission $2,000 - $44,491
Profit Sharing $1,085 - $27,500
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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$52,234 - $114,459
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 347

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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.

Veterinarian Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Veterinarian


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Veterinarians include Banfield, The Pet Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, VCA Antech, Veterinary Office, and Animal Clinic Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, National Veterinary Associates offers the most; Veterinarians earn $101K on average there. Other big spenders include Vca, Antech, Inc., VCA Antech, and Pet Vet Animal Hospital, top-paying firms where Veterinarians see paychecks nearing $97K, $91K, or $88K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at VCA Animal Hospital ($75K), Animal Clinic Inc ($78K), and Banfield, The Pet Hospital ($84K).

Popular Skills for Veterinarian


Survey takers working as Veterinarians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with veterinarian, Clinical Research, and Emergency Room (ER) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Chiropractic Techniques, Rehabilitation, and Exotics. Those proficient in Medicine / Surgery are, more often than not, also skilled in General Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Veterinarian

Pay by Experience for a Veterinarian has a positive trend. An entry-level Veterinarian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 1,611 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Veterinarian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 667 salaries. An experienced Veterinarian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 507 salaries. A Veterinarian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 353 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,919

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Veterinarians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+9 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Tampa (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Veterinarian Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Veterinarian?

Veterinarian in San Diego:
Pros: The patients and clients and satisfaction.
Cons: Management lack of trained staff.

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.

Veterinarian in Mount Pleasant:
Pros: Meet people. Financially rewarding.
Cons: Difficult clients. Services can be expensive. Long hours sometimes. Stress.

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Key Stats for Veterinarian

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
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

▲19%

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$78,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries

veterinarian
▲24%

Clinical Research
▲11%

Emergency Room (ER)
▲9%


Ultrasound
▲3%




▼0%

National Average
$78,000


Dentistry
▼2%

▼3%

Exotics
▼5%

Rehabilitation
▼8%

Chiropractic Techniques
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 247 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
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: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 34%
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