Entry-Level Veterinarian Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Veterinarians are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $67,271 annually. The range in cash compensation to Entry-Level Veterinarians (largely between $44,519 and $87,731) includes potential earnings of $10,178 from bonuses, $10,137 from profit sharing, and commissions of $30K in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Although 27 percent lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and about a third get dental coverage, too. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Entry-Level Veterinarians making up 73 percent of workers. Most Entry-Level Veterinarians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Entry-Level Veterinarian Salary (?
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$44,519 - $87,731
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Veterinarian

Although Banfield, The Pet Hospital boasts the highest average salary in town at $73,161, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $51K or as much as $100K. VCA Antech offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $65,735.

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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Atlanta
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Tampa
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Chicago
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Denver
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National Average
$67,000
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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Veterinarians in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Veterinarians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Indianapolis (+11 percent), Charlotte (+11 percent), and St. Paul (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 2 percent below the national average.

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%
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