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Entry-Level Veterinarian Salary (United States)

The average Veterinarian earns approximately $65K annually. Final incomes of Entry-Level Veterinarians generally vary between $44K and $93K; more lucrative packages include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions — occasionally as high as $10K each for the first two and $30K for the last. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Some workers in this field — roughly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Men working as Entry-Level Veterinarians are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 73 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Entry-Level Veterinarian Salary (?
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$44,519 - $87,731
(Median)
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65K
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MEDIAN: $65,415
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Entry-Level Veterinarian Salary (?
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$14.36 - $57.59
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,519 - $87,731  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,178  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $10,137  
Commission
$616 - $29,960  
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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$44,396 - $92,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,643
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $57.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $70.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,178  
   
Commission
$616 - $29,960  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $10,137  
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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$44,396 - $92,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Veterinarian

Banfield, The Pet Hospital pays the most with a median salary of $73K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $51K to a high of $91K. Banfield, The Pet Hospital is also at the bottom of the scale.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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Charlotte
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Indianapolis
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St. Paul
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Atlanta
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Jacksonville
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Tampa
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San Diego
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Chicago
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Denver
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National Average
$67,000
Houston
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Seattle
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Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Entry-Level Veterinarians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Indianapolis, Charlotte, and St. Paul, where Entry-Level Veterinarians annually earn 24 percent, 11 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 2 percent below the national average.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Veterinarian Salaries

Emergency Medicine
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Acupuncture
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Medicine / Surgery
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Preventative Medicine
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Surgery
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General Surgery
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National Average
$67,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 358 votes.

Gender

Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 27%