The average Entry-Level Veterinarian earns approximately $71K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Veterinarians can bottom out near $49K or peak near $97K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. The majority of Entry-Level Veterinarians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Entry-Level Veterinarians make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,289 - $91,927
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$71K
$92K
MEDIAN: $70,772
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$10.16 - $55.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$50,289 - $91,927  
   
Bonus
$500 - $11,792  
Profit Sharing
$1,192 - $25,168  
Commission
$2,003 - $29,590  
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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$49,325 - $97,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $55.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.82  
Overtime
$4.86 - $61.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$500 - $11,792  
   
Commission
$2,003 - $29,590  
Profit Sharing
$1,192 - $25,168  
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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$49,325 - $97,130  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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Although salaries only range from $69K to just $96K, Banfield, The Pet Hospital still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,513

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For Entry-Level Veterinarians, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Veterinarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+20 percent), Miami (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta.

Veterinarian Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Veterinarian

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
065
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
13%
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Skills That Affect Veterinarian Salaries



Internal Medicine
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Surgery
0%

National Average
$72,000

Acupuncture
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Chiropractic Techniques
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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