Median pay for Entry-Level Veterinarians lies in the neighborhood of $71K annually. Overall compensation packages to Entry-Level Veterinarians range from $49K on the low end to $97K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $12K and profit sharing that approaches $24K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $29K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Most Entry-Level Veterinarians survey respondents are women (76 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,283 - $91,880
(Median)
$50K
$71K
$92K
MEDIAN: $70,735
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$10.12 - $55.57
(Median)
$10
$34
$56
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$50,283 - $91,880  
   
Bonus
$497.13 - $12,150  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $24,240  
Commission
$2,024 - $29,117  
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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$49,381 - $97,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,552
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $55.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.82  
Overtime
$4.93 - $65.44  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$497.13 - $12,150  
   
Commission
$2,024 - $29,117  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $24,240  
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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$49,381 - $97,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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Employees at Banfield, The Pet Hospital take home the smallest paychecks, and $81K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $69K and quickly nearing the top at only $96K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,479

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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Veterinarians, 21 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Miami (+14 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Pittsburgh and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 1 percent less, respectively).

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


Medicine / Surgery
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General Surgery
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Preventative Medicine
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Surgery
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National Average
$71,000

Acupuncture
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Chiropractic Techniques
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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