Entry-Level Veterinarian Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Veterinarians come in at around $72K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Veterinarians runs from $50K to $98K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $25K. Residence 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. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Veterinarians making up 78 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by over a third. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,048 - $93,403
$51K
$72K
$93K
MEDIAN: $71,622
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90%

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$10.21 - $56.56
$10
$36
$57
MEDIAN: $36.18
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$0$98K
Salary $51,048 - $93,403
Bonus $309.13 - $12,040
Profit Sharing $1,014 - $25,169
Commission $1,957 - $30,410
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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$50,118 - $98,367
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,511
Hourly Data $0$75
Hourly Rate $10.21 - $56.56
Hourly Tips $2.00
Overtime $4.00 - $75.00
Annual Data $0$98K
Bonus $309.13 - $12,040
Commission $1,957 - $30,410
Profit Sharing $1,014 - $25,169
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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$50,118 - $98,367
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 146

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VCA Antech offers the largest salaries in town — $83K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,582

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

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Veterinarians in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+16 percent), Miami (+13 percent), Indianapolis (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Pittsburgh and 4 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Veterinarian Advice

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

Veterinarian in New York:
Don't stress about getting your work done. It will all be okay on the end.

Veterinarian in Elkton:
"Learn."
Learn all you can in the first year out of school.

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.

Veterinarian in Allegan:
"Must be good w/ Animals & PEOPLE!"
You need to be a people person as well, they pay you! Lots of stress at times, & sleepless nights, due to Emergencies. If you are greedy for money, you must not show that to customers that are paying listening to you talk about the next appt.s money all the time. No one that is paying for their beloved animal wants to think that your only in it for the money. It's just proper etiquette! Be prepared for long hours at times. & you will deal with all classes of people & seems they are paying you, they deserve your respect.The reward of helping an animal that would die without you, is what will keep you going. Along with the money.

Veterinarian in Rushville:
"Don't become a Veterinarian between 2015 to 2030."
Sorry, you are screwed. If you are typical, you owe over $150K and you are competing with many others for a job that is under $60k. You, and many like you, cannot afford to buy a practice, and practices will be closing all around you as I, and people like me, retire. Rural America, communities under 100K and average family earnings of under $60k will have to drive long distances to get Veterinary services, probably at a Corporate office that will have a minimum $500 out the door. If you cannot afford it, don't come in, cause they don't care about the animal or the client. They only think of profit. They small town Vet is a dying breed being replaced by local Not-For-Profits / Humane Societies that hire marginally competent Vets, who again, do their hours and go home not caring about the results.

Key Stats for Veterinarian

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
13%
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Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries






National Average
$73,000

Surgery
▼1%

Acupuncture
▼2%

Chiropractic Techniques
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 29%
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