Entry-Level Veterinarian Salary

Entry-Level Veterinarians pull down an average of $69K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Veterinarians, total cash compensation ranges from $48K on the lower end to $96K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $10K and profit sharing that approaches $19K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $30K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although the larger part have medical coverage and one in three have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Veterinarians making up 76 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,767 - $90,612
(Median)
$49K
$69K
$91K
MEDIAN: $69,011
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$12.60 - $55.36
(Median)
$13
$35
$55
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,767 - $90,612  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,323  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $18,965  
Commission
$2,948 - $29,748  
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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$48,446 - $96,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,836
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $55.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.20  
Overtime
$0.00 - $70.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,323  
   
Commission
$2,948 - $29,748  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $18,965  
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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$48,446 - $96,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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Bringing up the rear, VCA Antech's median pay of $72K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,096

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Veterinarians, New York offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 3 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver.

Veterinarian Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Veterinarian in East Northport:
"Be prepared."
Stress, time, patience, ethics, hard work, knowledge and forgiveness are all words to get use to on a daily basis.

Veterinarian in Manvel:
"Veterinary Services."
Follow your gut feelings. Try new things. Keep up with continuing education, as medical treatments & protocols are always changing. Educate your clients on preventative care.

Veterinarian in Houston:
"Dealing with pet owners can be difficult."
Do an internship to increase confidence if you graduate under-confident.

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Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries


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Preventative Medicine
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Internal Medicine
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Surgery
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National Average
$70,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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